Did you know that stem cell therapy is given to cancer patients every single day? This is through bone marrow transplants, which help give stem cells from donors to cancer patients in need. Stem cell therapy and research brings promising advances for helping patients heal tissues damaged from the effects of cancer. Find out what other types of cancers can be treated using stem cells and what research is being done currently!
Stem cell science technologies are working hard to provide solutions for those suffering from cancer. Stem cells have the ability travel to tumors and lesions delivering targeted anti-tumor treatment. “Stem cells can be engineered to stably express a variety of antitumor agents, overcoming the short half-lives of conventional chemotherapeutic agents,” according to the National Institutes of Health.
As stem cell science progresses, and the fundamentals of how stem cells work, stem cell-based regenerative medicine and anti-cancer strategies will have a real chance for lasting success. There is still much to learn as treatments and experiments are ongoing.
Patients that suffer from leukemia or lymphoma benefit from a stem cell transplant, according to WebMD. Implanted stem cells help replace cells that have been damaged by the cancer. These cells also reduce recover times following concentrated chemotherapy and radiation treatments. “For some, it may be the best — or only — approach,” writes WebMD.
Another way that stem cells are working to fight the battle against cancer is through stem cell transplants. “Stem cell transplants are procedures that restore blood-forming stem cells in people who have had theirs destroyed by the very high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy that are used to treat certain cancers,” writes Cancer.gov.
Blood-forming stem cells are vital because they can grow into various kinds of blood cells. All three life-giving blood cells (white, red and platelets) are necessary to stay healthy. Stem cell transplants fight cancer by enabling your body to manufacture stem cells following treatment with very high levels of radiation or chemotherapy treatments.
In the case of multiple myeloma and some types of leukemia, the stem cell transplant can fight the cancer directly as a result of a process called graft-versus-tumor that can happen following allogeneic transplants. “Graft-versus-tumor occurs when white blood cells from your donor (the graft) attack any cancer cells that remain in your body (the tumor) after high-dose treatments. This effect improves the success of the treatments,” writes Cancer.gov.
So how exactly does a stem cell transplant work? Stem cell transplants are implanted into healthy stem cells in the body to trigger new bone marrow growth, repress the disease, and cut down the risk of a relapse. The stem cells used for stem cell transplantation are drawn from bone marrow, circulating blood and umbilical cord blood.
The best way to learn more about how stem cells heal and could heal you, is to schedule a free consultation with your doctor. To learn more, and to discover what stem cell therapies you may currently be a candidate for, call Stem Cell Centers today at (877) 808-0016 and see what stem cell therapy can do for!