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Stem Cell Therapy

#4 Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy has been in development for over 30 years. It is one of the most important developments in medicine and has immense potential to treat cancer patients. Stem cell therapy has the power to reverse the side effects of chemotherapy.

By injecting bone marrow stem cells into a patient’s body, scientists have been able to reintroduce the neoplastic cells that are destroyed during chemotherapy by cytotoxic agents.

Under appropriate conditions, the stem cells divide into further cells called daughter cells and repair the damage caused by the toxins. The new cells can either be stem cells or specialized cells like brain cells, bone cells, or heart cells.

Stem cell therapy has already been used to treat patients with leukaemia and lymphoma. Further research is being conducted to treat conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease using stem cells.

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