What You Should Know Before Choosing Stem Cell Abroad
The stem cell therapy is a new treatment, under current and continuous research. In order to be able to make the most suited decision, you have to understand what stem cells are and how they act within the patient’s body.
What are stem cells and how do they act?
Stem cells are distinguished from other cells in the body. Although most cells can multiply in the same cell type, stem cells can differentiate into various cell types (nerve cells, liver cells etc.), depending on the body's needs and allowing themselves to renew and restore damaged and destroyed tissues.
Stem cells are distinguished from the rest of the cells by two major features. They are unspecialized cells that can multiply through cell division after a long period of conservation, transforming and growing under controlled conditions, in order to form tissues.
Which are the main types of stem cells and where are they harvested from?
They fall into two categories: embryonic and adult.
The sources of stem cells used for transplants are the umbilical cord, the bloodstream and the bone marrow.
There are two types of stem cells that can be harvested from the umbilical cord:
Which are the diseases that stem cell therapy can be used for?
Hematopoietic stem cells can be used to treat a number of over 70 disorders. Some examples are:
After some transformations, mesenchymal stem cells can regenerate tissues (myocardium, liver tissue, skin etc) and be used for patients diagnosed with several conditions, such as:
Do an online research and see if the disease you’re suffering from can be treated with the stem cell therapy. Note that research is being done for a lot of conditions, so if yours is not yet qualified, don’t get discouraged, just check later.
Stem cells represent an important area of modern medicine thanks to their regenerative and reparatory potential of damaged tissues. Some current therapies, such as the bone marrow transplantation, already use stem cells and their potential to regenerate damaged tissue. Other therapies are being studied and involve stem cell transplantation to a specific area of the body that is affected by disease, in order to direct the stem cells to grow and differentiate, creating a new, healthy tissue.
How to check the stem cell therapy clinic and the medical team?
When you make your search on the internet look for clinics specialized on the type of therapy you need for your disease, the doctors’ and medical team’s credentials and their certifications to practice the treatment, the clinics’ involvement in stem cell research, previous results with the stem cell therapy, patients testimonials and medical staff responsiveness to the patient’s questions.
Get in touch and discuss with the clinics and the doctors who will perform the procedure and find out about their familiarities with the disease(s) you suffer from. Ask them about the treatment’s protocols and the type of stem cells they’ll be using (how they’ll extract and process them, how they will inject them and where). Ask about the duration of the treatment, the packaging features and the estimate cost.
Read about similar past cases, clinical data and documented outcomes.
Compare and check for availability
Compare the clinics, doctors, packages, prices and treatment protocols. Check the availability of the packages and take some time before your draw the line and take the final decision.
The step you’re thinking to take is important. Don’t rush and try to analyze as many aspects as you can before going for one of them. Don’t ignore your instincts, but base your decision on factual data and previous treatments. Good luck with your upcoming journey!
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