In a society that thrives on the latest technology and innovations within the healthcare industry; comes an answer to treat or cure many diseases and conditions. Medical professionals formerly didn’t have access to this type of therapy. However within the last 30 years this type of treatment has become readily available in the United States and many other countries throughout modern times. This type of therapy is known as stem cell therapy. Stem Cell therapy is the process of using umbilical cord blood or bone marrow to aid in the cure and treatment of many types of illnesses. Scientist have found endless opportunities of treating and even curing; diseases that were once thought impossible. They can do this process by isolating the embryotic blood cells from the umbilical cord by culturing them. There are a few different types of stem cell therapy options.
Options for Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell therapy has the ability to treat cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative disease. Some of the types of stem cell treatments include:
• Bone Marrow Transplant: this type of stem cell therapy is generally used in the treatments of cancer like leukemia and lymphoma. This is the most common type of stem cell therapy used and the only one widely accepted throughout different countries.
• Prochymal: this type of stem cell therapy is commonly used on children who have rejected other forms of therapy including the use of steroids. Bone marrow is taken from adult donors. Adults have a larger amount of mesenchymal stem cells, which is then isolated and filtered. This type of therapy is viable frozen until needed.
• Holoclar: this is the most recently discovered form of stem cell therapy. It is used for people who have suffered severe burns to the eye.
What to expect from Stem Cell Therapy
Although stem cell therapy provides patients battling some diseases with various options of treatment. Like all treatments and therapies there are side effects. The milder side effects of stem cells can be: infection, bleeding, anemia, diarrhea, mouth sores and exhaustion. Although infections can be life threatening. Some more serious side effects include infertility (the inability to conceive or produce an offspring) and graft vs. host disease (GVHD). GVHD is when your body rejects the donor’s bone marrow.
Consult your physician to decide if stem cell therapy is the right choice for you.