Skip to comments.Stem Cells Used to Fix Breast Defects
Posted on 12/15/2007 8:11:45 PM PST by Salman
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - For the first time, doctors have used stem cells from liposuctioned fat to fix breast defects in women who have had cancerous lumps removed.
The approach is still experimental, but holds promise for millions of women left with cratered areas and breasts that look very different from each other after cancer surgery. It also might be a way to augment healthy breasts without using artificial implants.
So far, it has only been tested on about two dozen women in a study in Japan. But doctors in the United States say it has great potential.
"This is a pretty exciting topic right now in plastic surgery," said Dr. Karol Gutowski of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "There are people all over the country working on this."
The Japanese study was reported Saturday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The company that developed the treatment, San Diego-based Cytori Therapeutics, plans larger studies in Europe and Japan next year.
More than 100,000 women have lumps removed each year in the United States. These operations, lumpectomies, often are done instead of mastectomies, which take the whole breast. But they often leave deformities because as much as a third of a woman's breast may be removed.
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But with that California grant money, I'm sure this will double or even triple in the very near future.
Yet the Democrats always love it when the AP can provide a headline for them that has the phrase "stem cells" in it because they understand that as far as America's ignorant chattering class is concerned, "stem cells" = "embryonic stem cells" (ie., those things that the mean Republicans are "against" even though they could cure Michael J. Fox and Christopher Reeve).
Bill Clinton is a big supporter of this research.
bump & a stem cell ping