As regular readers of this blog will know, I also now write a column for MS News Today but, yesterday, I was asked to write a news story. You might be interested:
Aggressive Stem Cell Therapy Stops MS Relapses, According to Long-term Clinical Trial
JUNE 10, 2016 BY IAN FRANKS
Stem cell treatment has been proven to both halt MS clinical relapses and the development of new brain lesions over a prolonged period, according to the results of a new study.
The results, achieved in 23 out of 24 patients in a Phase 2 clinical trial, were published in The Lancet in an article titled “Immunoablation and autologous haemopoietic stem-cell transplantation for aggressive multiple sclerosis: a multicentre single-group Phase 2 trial.”
Importantly, the success was reached without the need for ongoing medication.
It is the first time that results of this form of autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (aHSCT) have been trialed — using chemotherapy to completely destroy a patient’s immune system and then transplant previously harvested stem cells to reset or reboot the immune system to stop it harming the body. It is the method used in several leading clinics, including those in Russia and Mexico.
Some other centers, however, only go as far as suppressing, not destroying, the immune system. According to a recent press release, the suppression method is not as reliable, with many patients finding that …
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