Skip to comments.Amazing first: leukemia patient completely cured with cord blood stem cells
Posted on 11/27/2010 2:02:25 PM PST by wagglebee
BERLIN, November 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Doctors associated with the German umbilical cord blood bank Vita 34 say that they have cured a childs leukemia completely using an infusion of stem cells from umbilical cord blood.
The procedure was reportedly performed in 2005 on a four-year-old girl whose chemotherapy treatment had failed and who had a prognosis of only three months to live. The procedure was possible because the parents had decided to preserve their childs umbilical cord blood at the time of birth.
After continuous monitoring of the child for five years now, with no sign of leukemia cells in her blood, doctors say that they have confirmed that the treatment worked.
Seventy-five months have passed and we can speak of a cure with certainty, said Eberhard Lampeter of Vita 34.
According to the Chilean newspaper La Tercera, this is the first case in the world of a child cured of leukemia by her own stem cells. In most cases the childs umbilical cord blood is not available, and the stem cells of close family members must be used.
The new treatment is the latest in a long string of hundreds of successes in the science of stem cell treatments that use mature cells rather than embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cell treatments, which destroy a human life, have never been proven effective in any medical treatment to date. Treatments with mature stem cells do not cause harm to the donor of the cells.
Stem cell pioneer Dr. Colin McGuckin recently told LifeSiteNews that, despite amazing success with umbilical cord blood treatments, it remains difficult to obtain funding for research because of the cult of celebrity in science, which rewards controversial research over research that is truly effective in saving lives.
People arent talking about cord blood because its not controversial, McGuckin told LSN. Consequently, it does not make headlines and therefore researchers who want to use the cells from cord blood do not receive funding.
And that is why the mainstream media will NEVER report this.
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A 35 year old friend had leukemia. They gave him his brothers’ cells. It worked. He has curly hair now....like his brother.
The man at least needs to get the credit he deserves.
My father in law was successfully treated and cured of Mantel cell Lymphoma using his own blood stem cells.
I’ve seen news of treatments for eye diseases that use embryonic stem cells, however the stem cell comes from an embryo with eight cells and removing one cell does not kill it.
The chapter in GWB's new book on stem cells is terrific, especially when he explains the process he went through in order to become informed before making his decision. He is a very thoughtful, thorough, moral person, completely unlike what is in the White House now.
Link no workee.
My wife died at 28 from breast cancer and I follow cancer advances very close. I have always believed the cure would be based on our body’s natural system - i.e. stem cells in cord blood.
I am waiting for Imam Obozo to loudly denounce his previous stance on the slaughter of life...... (cue crickets...)
The irony is that there has NEVER been a ban on private corporations spending their own money on embryonic stem cell research, but they DON'T even though they DO spend billions on adult stem cell research.
Yes. The media are so desperate to legitimize abortions that they will predictably cover this up. And leftist governments will refuse to fund it.
Never mind that many lives could be saved, patients like this girl as well as babies. That doesn’t matter to those ideologues. Not in the least.
And, you can get a lot more stem cells from an umbilical cord than you can from an embryo.
You got that right.
Excellent news! I wonder how one goes about saving their child’s umbilical cord. The cost. Where it’s kept, etc. If this is doable for people financially, it sure seems a great idea.
I think it runs about $5000.00 initially and about $1000.00/yr after that .
I recall $3K upfront - and it’s no more than $100 a year to maintain. We stored our first of two child’s CB. We figured if the second child, or even a parent needed it, there it is.
I expected we’d hear more of this kind of success by now. But any success is good progress. I hope this type of research continues and more people store CB. It’s really easy.
the girl was 4 at the time of treatment. How could they preserve the cord cells for 4 years? The fact that nothing is said about it makes me suspicious of this article.
Sorry, I hadn’t read the preceding posts, which answered my question
iirc, the cells are frozen or suspended in a special solution indefinitely.
red blood cells can be stored for many years, at least 10
It is stored in liquid nitrogen.
Same way they store semen for artificial insemination which they have been doing with cows for many years.
BTW I have 3 G kids who have theirs stored. (Just in case since their other grandfather died of leukemia)
WebMD has some straight talk on saving cord blood
They say that cord blood banks oversell their services, that cord blood is useful in only a tiny number of cases.
They say that a child with leukemia shouldn’t use her own cord blood cells because they may have the same genetic defect that caused leukemia in the first place.
Go back and do it again until it starts requiring infanticide, or it will never get Federal funding or media attention.
Thank you, God, for this provision!! Wow, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these cells.
“Go back and do it again until it starts requiring infanticide, or it will never get Federal funding or media attention”
Until a rival nation starts doing it and all their scientists start getting Nobel Prizes.
I EXPECT Conservative people to do what Bush did. Who on the right is denying him credit?
Cord blood has the advantage that it is less likely to give rise to "graft-vs.-host disease" where the donated blood products / marrow / stem cells try to mount an immune response against the patient receiving the donation.
Disadvantage is you almost always have to freeze and store, in hopes a match will work; and the smaller volume.
("In Soviet Russia, organ rejects YOU!")...