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    Woman with MS shows remarkable progress in stem cell trial

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    Woman with MS shows remarkable progress in stem cell trial
    Last Updated Wed, 15 Mar 2006 14:14:04 EST
    CBC News

    A woman near Ottawa has surpassed all expectations after risking her life to take part in a medical experiment for multiple sclerosis.

    In 1996 at the age of 21, Jennifer Molson of Kanata, Ont., woke up with a tingling in her fingers that spread to her arms. Within a few months, she could hardly move her left side.
    Jennifer Molson

    Molson was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks itself, causing damage to the spinal cord, nerves and brain.

    Molson has the most common form of MS, the relapsing remitting variety, said Dr. Mark Freedman, a neurologist in Ottawa.

    She eventually needed to use a cane and leg brace and was headed for life in a wheelchair. Freedman asked her to become involved in a medical study with a big hitch.

    "We could offer her a chance at stopping her disease, but at the same there, there was a risk that she may die," said Freedman.

    Over several months in 2002, doctors harvested stem cells from Molson's blood, removed all traces of MS, and then gave her high does of chemotherapy to wipe out her immune system. Then the stem cells were transplanted back to her.

    For the first two years, Molson recovered slowly. She planned her wedding and walked down the aisle wearing a wig, but no leg braces.

    The young woman who couldn't tie her shoelaces is now able to go for walks and take care of household chores.

    "I can get in the car and go to work," said Molson. "I can't believe I'm the same person."
    MS can cause damage to the spinal cord, nerves and brain.

    None of the other 11 participants in the study has gotten worse, but Molson has shown the most improvement so far.

    Doctors can't explain why, but the experiment may answer some important questions about MS, said Dr. Jock Murray, past director of the MS clinic at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

    "The idea that you might be able to stop the disease by a process like this one is extremely hopeful," Murray said.

    Molson thinks she is cured but doctors aren't ready to declare it, saying no one knows how long the effects will last.

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    I wish this option was available here. I know someone right now who will throw the dice, she´s deteriorating fast and Interferon isn´t doing much anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike C
    I wish this option was available here. I know someone right now who will throw the dice, she´s deteriorating fast and Interferon isn´t doing much anymore.
    Mike, it is available. A number of centers are doing this. Wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Young
    Mike, it is available. A number of centers are doing this. Wise.
    Any in the US? And is it just for RR or the more hideous forms like PP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Young
    Mike, it is available. A number of centers are doing this. Wise.
    I would do it in a heartbeat. The last year has been horrific for me, MS progression-wise.

    In the first 14 years of having MS, I went from 0 - 5 on the MS EDSS scale. However, in just the past 12 months, I have gone from a 5 to an 8.5!! And 10 is death!

    If anyone know the locations of the Centers in the US who are doing this procedure, please post.

    Thanks --

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    [quote=bbogden]Please go and read about this therapy. I have been on it for my TM since September 2006. It has been incredible.

    Hi Can you tell me which Dr. put you on this. I have TM for 5 years now. I am willing to try. What did you get as return? thanks anty
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    I asked my regular physician to read the website. He agreed and prescribed it. My other specialists all acted insulted that I would come up with a therapy that they did not. It is an ego thing for them. It is laziness that they do not want to go to the website and read it. Some doctors want to go outside teh box and actually help people you know. It is those that look beyong the traditional protocols that DO NOT WORK anyway that are the doctors you want to see. Make sense.

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