Leukemia Stem Cell Trial!
Hospital Looking for Participants for Stem Cell Therapy
What Stem Cells Are
Stem Cells are undifferentiated biological cells that are able to differentiate into specialized cell types. Embryonic Stem Cells come from embryos that are three to five days old, these are pluripotent stems cells meaning they can divide into more stem cells or can become any type of cell in the body. Adult Stem Cells are found in small numbers in most adult tissues, such as bone marrow or fat. Also Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells which are cells scientists discovered how to reprogram with a specialized function so that they can behave like an embryonic stem cell, for example, skin cells.
About the Trial
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. It causes white blood cells to develop abnormally. There is Acute Leukemia, which grows very rapidly and cause a sudden increase of cancerous white blood cells. And there is Chronic Leukemia, which is more slowly developed and may escape diagnosis for many years before detected. Potential Therapies for this disease includes a Bone Marrow Transplant which is most familiar for Leukemias and other disorders of the blood and bone marrow. In the Bone Marrow Transplantation the patient's existing blood cells and bone marrow are destroyed using chemo-therapy. If we get a sample of bone marrow containing stem cells from a healthy matched donor we can inject it into the patient. The transplanted stem cells inhabit the recipient's bone marrow and begins producing new healthy blood cells. Umbilical Cord Blood stem cells and Peripheral blood stem cells can also be used instead of Bone Marrow samples to repopulate the bone marrow in the process of the bone marrow transplant. Although there are many controversies about using certain stem cells, not all stem cell research involves the destruction of human embryos. With this trial we can come closer to finding a cure to not just this disease but many more today.