Of all the alcoholic liver disease patients thronging the out-patient departments of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), nearly 50% are from Punjab.
What draws them to this institute is the stem cell treatment offered to the severe alcoholic hepatitis that acts as a boon.
PGI is the only tertiary hospital in the region which caters to this end-stage liver disease from Punjab, Himachal, Haryana and Chandigarh.
The stem cell treatment reports 78% success in cases of severe alcoholic hepatitis. A report on the same had been published in the prestigious American journal of gastroenterology this month. Moreover,
After extensively using stem cell therapy for treatment of leukemia, doctors are now pushing for using it to help cure solid tumours.
Doctors from various countries have congregated in the city to deliberate on the efficacy of using stem cells to treat the side-effects of chemotherapy, which, if given in high dosage, kills healthy cells as well.
“In several patients we have observed that the white blood cell count plummets following chemotherapy. This brings down the person’s resistance to infections. By transplanting stem cells we could counter that,” said Dr Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, oncologist at Global Cancer Institute which is organising
Are any stem cell treatments approved in the U.S.?
FDA has not approved any stem cell-based products for use, other than cord blood-derived hematopoietic progenitor cells (blood forming stem cells) for certain indications including certain blood cancers and some inherited metabolic and immune system disorders.
What should consumers know before being treated with therapies derived from stem cells?
As is the case with any investigational treatment, consumers should speak with their doctor to learn about the potential risks and benefits from being treated with a stem cell-based product. Consumers should seek assurance from their treating physician that necessary FDA approval has been
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