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Cytotherapy

Imagine a young child suffering from leukemia. Even though they can receive effective treatments to eliminate cancer cells, their healthy cells are also being destroyed.

Their little bodies now have a drastic need for new cells. These cells must come from another source, like bone marrow from a compatible donor. Most often, finding a compatible donor is far from an easy task. What if you had a stash of your own cells so, whenever you needed, you could regenerate your system back to normal? The umbilical cord, usually discarded at birth, holds blood vessels that contain about a half-cup of blood that belongs to the newborn child. That blood contains many stem cells.

Our body uses stem cells as one way of repairing itself. What if you could chose to collect and store that blood? There could be a possibility those cells might be used in the future to help your body remain healthy. This is one concept Regenerative Medicine is working to understand.

Find out more about how cellular therapies and stem cells can act as a repair mechanism for tissues lost to trauma, disease, and wear and tear. Cell therapy (also called cellular therapy or cytotherapy) is therapy in which cellular material is injected into a patient; this generally means intact, living cells. For example, T cells capable of fighting cancer cells via cell-mediated immunity may be injected in the course of immunotherapy.

Cell therapy originated in the nineteenth century when scientists experimented by injecting animal material in an attempt to prevent and treat illness. Although such attempts produced no positive benefit, further research found in the mid twentieth century that human cells could be used to help prevent the human body rejecting transplanted organs, leading in time to successful bone marrow transplantation. Today two distinct categories of cell therapy are recognized.

The first category is cell therapy in mainstream medicine. This is the subject of intense research and the basis of potential therapeutic benefit. Such research can be controversial when it involves human embryonic material. The second category is in alternative medicine, and perpetuates the practice of injecting animal materials in an attempt to cure disease. This practice, according to the American Cancer Society, is not backed by any medical evidence of effectiveness, and can have deadly consequences.

Why Regenerative Medicine?
  • Faster recovery time.
  • Improve joint, ligaments, and tendon function.
  • No incisions or trauma.
  • Very little pain.
  • No general anesthesia.
  • Renewal and repair within the joint.
  • Very low side effect.
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