Many chronic health conditions can be treated if the damaged cells are replaced. Normally, stem cells in the bone marrow are used to replenish the blood cells, but they can also differentiate into other types of cells.
Cancer and Autoimmune Diseases
The first use of bone marrow stem cells was in treating cancers of the blood, such as leukemia. Bone marrow transplants used to treat these types of cancer are, in essence, bone marrow stem cell transplants.
The diseased blood cells are replaced with healthy blood cells produced by the new stem cells. Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, are also caused by malfunctions of blood cells. These chronic diseases can be crippling and even fatal.
Bone marrow stem cell transplants are capable of treating these conditions by replacing the malfunctioning immune system with a healthy new one.
The current approach may be to collect healthy bone marrow stem cells from the patient, then alter the existing unhealthy immune system and re-infuse the healthy stem cells back into the patient.
Diabetes, both types I and II, kills around 200,000 people in the United States each year. Although many management treatments are available, a more promising approach is using the patient’s bone marrow stem cells.
Arthritis is caused by damage to the cartilage in the joints. Cartilage normally does not heal very efficiently, and over time, accumulated damage can completely destroy the cartilage, leading to pain and dysfunction.
Encouraging the cartilage to heal itself by injection of bone marrow stem cells into the joint is a promising new approach.
Collecting Bone Marrow Stem Cells
In prior years, obtaining bone marrow stem cells required an extremely painful, invasive procedure to manually collect cells from inside the bones. Today, however, procedures allow for the collection of bone marrow stem cells from a simple blood sample.
The patient may take special growth factors that encourage the bone marrow stem cells to replicate and move into the blood stream.
Located in San Clemente, Stemgevity can answer any questions you may have about bone marrow stem cells and their various benefits. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and learn more about this innovative and life-changing treatment.