Diseases Treated With Stem Cell Transplantation
There are countless diseases and conditions out there that are just waiting for a cure, or some help. Stem cells have the ability to change the lives of many people, and we have only seen the beginning of what these little cells can do for the sick and damaged body parts and internal organs. While a handful of diseases that are responding well to the transplantation of stem cells, there is hope that in the future more diseases will be widely treated with cellular medicine that is derived from stem cells.
It’s important to note that stem cells don’t have to be used in certain situations. Unlike most cells, stem cells do not have a pre-determined purpose, they can be transplanted into any area of the body that needs new healthy growth, and they’ll adapt. The adaptation of stem cells and following growth stimulates more new, healthy growth which replaces or repairs damage or illness in the area.
Currently stem cells are used to treat serious red blood cell diseases such as Fanconi Anemia. In these situations the cellular medicines containing stem cells are usually infused into the blood, allowing the stem cells to infiltrate the body and adapt and repair the mutated and damaged cells. Over time it’s been seen that people with these red blood cell diseases can be cured, because the stem cells are able to eradicate the disease from the inside out, changing the life of the patient.
Stem cells are also used to cure white blood cell disease such as SCID and they are put into the body with the same technique as described above with red blood cells. Over time the stem cells are able to repair all the cells, literally forcing the damaged cells from the body of the affected person. Stem cells can help even the most severely affected patients, allowing them a new chance at life.
Cancer can also be treated with cellular medicines derived from stem cells. Cancers such as leukemia and neuroblastoma can be transplanted into the bone marrow to generate healthy growth, as well as to replace the cancer cells that currently reside in the body. Cellular medications as well as other medications such as chemotherapy and/or radiation are often a very effective way to cure cancer.
Another area where stem cells are widely used is with tissue repair. Stem cells are commonly used in tissue repair such as heart tissue. Many heart tissues are damaged due to disease or heart attack and stem cells can be transplanted to help repair or replace the damaged cells, offering heart patients the ability to recover and go on with their lives.
Stem cells are being used more and more, offering a wider circle of people some hope that they can get past their disease or condition. Hopefully we’ll see stem cells become even more widely used, providing answers to conditions that have long remained unanswered.