Stem Cells and Multiple Sclerosis Treatment

Bone marrow is the flexible tissue found in the hollow interior of bones. In adults, marrow in large bones produces new blood cells.

For the stem cell treatment, stem cells are removed from the bone marrow.

Afterwards, chemotherapy drugs are used to kill all of the patient’s blood cells, including the immune cells that are believed to be attacking the body’s own central nervous system.

Bone marrow stem cells removed from the patient are purified and transplanted back into the body.

This Bone Marrow Treatment is proposed to ‘reboot’ the immune system and no longer attack the myelin sheath.

In the March 22, 2011, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology reports a long term study of the effectiveness of replacing bone marrow. The marrow was purposely destroyed by chemotherapy, and replaced with autologous (self) stem cells for people with aggressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Study author Vasilios Kimiskidis, MD, of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School in Thessaloniki, Greece noted that more research is needed on this treatment.
“Keeping that in mind, our feeling is that stem cell transplants may benefit people with rapidly progressive MS,” he said. “This is not a therapy for the general population of people with MS but should be reserved for aggressive cases that are still in the inflammatory phase of the disease.”

Reverse Disability

Medical scientists say that this is the first time that reversing the disabilities associated with multiple sclerosis has actually been accomplished.

Although researchers admit that further testing is needed to confirm findings and such tests are underway.

Word from MS Society

Speakers from the MS Society have praised stem cell transplant for its positive results. Aside from stopping the debilitating disease from further progressing, the damages to the nerve conduction are also reversed.

At present, the potential of stem cells are becoming more and more recognized by many in the medical field. Now the challenge relating to stem cells is proving just how effective their transplantation is to large groups of people.

I look forward to following the studies and seeing the results.

Have you read studies that you’d like to share?

Linda

About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

15 Comments:

  1. Hi Linda!

    Stem cells have long been known to be promising in replacing and renewing diseased tissue.

    I believe every disease has its corresponding cure, and MS’ debilitating condition could one day (if not now) have its cure as well.

    Yasser

    • Yasser~
      I’m glad you have hope! It is amazing how far science has come! I agree with you, every disease has its corresponding cure, it will be exciting to see what is discovered!
      Linda

  2. WHERE CAN WE GET MORE INFO ON THIS

    • Florence,
      There is so much information online. This is truly the information age! I prefer to use Google as my search engine. I open Google then I start typing “stem cells” without the quotes and information will start dropping down. You can choose what information you want to read, it’s all at your fingertips! Some of the medical journals have to be paid for to read, you’ll be walked through the process if you want to pay, but most of it is free. Let me know if you find what you’re lookig for, if you are, others probably are too!
      Linda

  3. Very interesting, Linda. This is the procedure Dr. Kerr was describing that was being tested in Seattle. Have you found any results of that study?

  4. This is an awesome site! I shared this article with my writing partner on Facebook. He has had MS for the past 30 years, and is very active in finding a cure.

    • Andy,
      Thanks for visiting my blog! It’s really unfortunate that so many people have MS, and your partner for 30 years, wow! I look forward to meeting him someday! Tell him about our Facebook page also~ http://fb.com/msrelief~ I look forward to visiting your blog too!
      Linda

  5. Recently the stem cell therapy has gained such a high expectations from the people around the world that they look in such a way that stem cell therapy has a cure for most of the disease that the world is fighting from. But there should be a proper motivation for the researches and knowledge sharing among the people so that they are not unaware of such marvels.

    • Saqib,
      Yes, we need to get the word out that we want the research done! I recognize that money is a limiting factor in just about everything, including research! I thank you for visiting msrelief.com
      Linda

  6. Amy @Glitec Loans

    Thanks for sharing treatments for Stem Cells and Multiple Sclerosis. I would be very helpful to those people who suffered from such disease particularly to those who can’t afford expensive treatments. Thanks!

  7. It is good to see progress being made with MS and stem cells therapy. I just read an interview of a doctor in Colorado who successfully grew cord blood stems cells in a lab and then treated a cancer patient. Apparently, this is a new breakthrough for cord blood stem cells, being that previously they could only multiple the blood in the lab.

  8. It’s great to hear that we’ve come along way in finding cures for diseases. I hope hear more of stem cell therapy and what can it do.

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