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Leif
10-05-2005, 05:00 PM
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/mg18825203.800



08 October 2005
Andy Coghlan
Magazine issue 2520
Stem cells from patients' own bone marrow have been used to treat liver damage, improving liver function and general health



THE old philosophy of "body heal thyself" has been given a new high-tech twist with a treatment for liver failure that uses bone marrow stem cells from the patient's own blood.

To obtain the cells, the patient is first given an injection of a chemical called granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF), which stimulates their bone marrow to produce extra stem cells. After five days on the drug, the patient's blood is screened for cells bearing the surface protein CD34, which marks them out as stem cells. These are then extracted from the blood, concentrated and injected into the patient's portal vein or hepatic artery, both of which feed blood directly to the liver.

No one is sure exactly where these cells go or what they do, but they appear to home (http://krimbaset.com/?go=home&url1=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newscientist.com%2Fchannel%2 Fhealth%2Fmg18825203.800&pin=37049) in on, and help repair, any liver damage. The liver function and general health of three out of five ...

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Raven
10-20-2005, 09:38 PM
Leif, just noticed this and it has provoked my curiousity. This would, I think, possibly give us more hope for more time. Also, anything that helps to improve our health is really good news. Will discuss this with my hepatologist. Thank you so very much.

Wise, any thoughts on this?

Raven

Leif
10-24-2005, 11:48 AM
bump...

Raven
10-29-2005, 09:44 PM
Wise? I would like to hear what you might have to say on this. If this offers a better chance for more time and might be easier than the transplantion of a liver. My appointment with Dr. Halow will be in the last week of November. Any thoughts?

Wise Young
11-12-2005, 09:07 AM
Raven,

I want to tell you that I considered a similar option when my brother was dying of colon cancer with metastases to the liver. His liver failed and he died. The doctors recommended strongly against liver transplantation because their experience is that the immunosuppression after the transplant will encourage the colon cancer to grow again. I thought seriously about seeing if he could get umbilical cord blood or bone marrow transplants. Unfortunately, he deteriorated rapidly and died.

In my opinion, it is worth a try.

Wise.

Raven
11-12-2005, 09:23 PM
Thank you for replying and giving me some insight into this Dr. Young. Will talk with my hepatologist about this and see if we can find out more. A light at the end in the dark tunnel traveled.

Raven

Hope doesn't die until we die and I'm still alive.

Leif
11-18-2005, 08:35 AM
Thank you for replying and giving me some insight into this Dr. Young. Will talk with my hepatologist about this and see if we can find out more. A light at the end in the dark tunnel traveled.

Raven

Hope doesn't die until we die and I'm still alive.
Raven – check out this link as well.
http://carecure.org/forum/showthread.php?t=54507

Raven
11-19-2005, 02:08 AM
Thank you Leif. This helps me with more information for my hep doctor. It is another light shining at the end of the dark tunnel. Thank so very much. :hug: