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Stem Cells Used to Fix Breast Defects
AP ^ | Dec 15, 2007 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at apnews.myway.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adiposetissue; adultstemcells; breastcancer; breastdefects; breastreconstruction; breasts; cancer; fat; liposuction; stemcells
Sorry, libs. No embryos.
1 posted on 12/15/2007 8:11:48 PM PST by Salman
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To: Salman
IBWWP.

In Before Worthless Without Pictures

2 posted on 12/15/2007 8:14:35 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Salman; Coleus

Non-embryonic stems cells being put to good use!


3 posted on 12/15/2007 8:15:19 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Incorrigible

I can imagine the procedure adverts in a couple years. “Get that flatter belly and thighs with liposuction, and come back the next week for a boob job, using your own stem cells! And it’s a medical tax deduction, `cause we store your excess stem cells in case you need it for real emergencies!”


4 posted on 12/15/2007 8:17:28 PM PST by tbw2 (Science fiction with real science - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: Salman; JRios1968

Science Is Good.


5 posted on 12/15/2007 8:19:28 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Salman

“Sorry, libs. No embryos.”

“Sorry Californians that voted to drop $3 Billion to $6 Billion on
Embryonic Stem Cells when your state was already in financial straits.”

And the number of cures/therapies from ESCs so far?
Maybe there are some, but I haven’t heard of any yet.


6 posted on 12/15/2007 8:20:06 PM PST by VOA
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To: tbw2

next week?

This’ll be an outpatient proc in 5 yrs ;)


7 posted on 12/15/2007 8:20:13 PM PST by awestk (meh.)
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To: VOA

NONE.


8 posted on 12/15/2007 8:20:53 PM PST by awestk (meh.)
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To: DuncanWaring
Stem Cells Used to Fix Breast Defects

Thank Goodness.


9 posted on 12/15/2007 8:27:47 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: Incorrigible

We are talking now. That is a good use for stem cells. Gotta get those womens breasts fixed.


10 posted on 12/15/2007 8:35:10 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Salman

I’m looking and hoping forward to the day that stem cells can fix and eliminate my tinnitus. I’d pay extra for that.


11 posted on 12/15/2007 8:44:31 PM PST by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

I’d almost, almost, but not quite, consider voting for that. As you can tell, I’m easily swayed by the superficial qualities of some people.

I don’t know what head I’m thinking with sometimes.


12 posted on 12/15/2007 8:48:21 PM PST by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
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To: Salman

Been checkin’ for close to 40 yrs. ain’t found a defect yet,,can I get another grant..,,you never know..


13 posted on 12/15/2007 8:51:24 PM PST by silentreignofheroes (I'm Southron,,,and I Vote...)
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To: Salman

Been checkin’ for close to 40 yrs. ain’t found a defect yet,,can I get another grant..,,you never know..


14 posted on 12/15/2007 8:52:34 PM PST by silentreignofheroes (I'm Southron,,,and I Vote...)
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To: silentreignofheroes

So proud I posted twice..


15 posted on 12/15/2007 8:53:17 PM PST by silentreignofheroes (I'm Southron,,,and I Vote...)
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To: Parley Baer
New descriptive term:

Stem Stacked

16 posted on 12/15/2007 9:09:47 PM PST by Callahan
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To: Incorrigible

Non-embryonic stems cells being put to good use! >>

they sure are, thanks for the ping.


17 posted on 12/15/2007 9:18:13 PM PST by Coleus (Happy Chanukah)
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To: VOA
Bet that ain’t figured into the 14 billion deficit either; they probably have it as...cutting edge...necessary...encouraging...ongoing...research...black

hole

18 posted on 12/15/2007 11:22:20 PM PST by Atchafalaya
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To: reagan_fanatic
You owe me a keyboard, the pic grabbed but the left antecubital comment was the kill shot
19 posted on 12/15/2007 11:31:45 PM PST by Atchafalaya
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To: Salman
Sorry, libs. No embryos.

Sadly, many will read the title, skim the article, and presume it was embryonic. After all, haven't they watched the news, and aren't they sooo informed.

20 posted on 12/16/2007 12:17:21 AM PST by AndyTheBear (Disastrous social experimentation is the opiate of elitist snobs.)
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To: awestk; salmon
NONE.

But with that California grant money, I'm sure this will double or even triple in the very near future.

21 posted on 12/16/2007 12:22:20 AM PST by AndyTheBear (Disastrous social experimentation is the opiate of elitist snobs.)
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To: Salman
Sorry, libs. No embryos.

Exactly correct.

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).

22 posted on 12/16/2007 12:34:21 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Salman

Bill Clinton is a big supporter of this research.


23 posted on 12/16/2007 12:36:18 AM PST by NavVet (If you don't defend conservatism in the Primary, you won't have it to defend in the Election)
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To: NavVet
Bill Clinton is a big supporter of this research.

I'm sure he is.


24 posted on 12/16/2007 7:10:43 AM PST by Clint Williams (Read Roto-Reuters -- we're the spinmeisters!)
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To: Salman; Coleus; Peach; airborne; Asphalt; Dr. Scarpetta; I'm ALL Right!; StAnDeliver; ovrtaxt; ...

bump & a stem cell ping


25 posted on 12/16/2007 7:14:05 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: neverdem

BTTT


26 posted on 12/17/2007 6:32:26 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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