How Adult Stem Cells are being used in Cancer Research
At The Michigan Center for Regenerative Medicine, we are a facility that provides state-of-the-art alternatives versus surgical management for those with connective tissue disorders. We do this by using regenerative medicine techniques which can look very different depending on the necessary treatment. One of our services includes utilizing adult stem cells to heal our patient’s bodies. This concept simplified basically means we harvest your own healthy adult stem cells, concentrate them within our lab and then inject them into areas that need to be healed. Right now there are a variety of studies on adult stem cells and their many benefits. One of the most interesting areas of interest that has perked the ears of many patients recently is how adult stem cells are being used in cancer research.
The Regeneration of Malignant Cells
It’s no secret to anyone in our society that many current cancer treatments used today can fail. Whether it is you or someone that you love, watching cancer destroy the body can be an emotional, debilitating thing. Many cancer researchers believe that these treatments are failing because none of those treatments are actually destroying the cancer stem cells. The more we learn about stem cells in relation to cancerous tumors, the more we see that destroying them may be a vital component to treatment. Cancer stem cells make up only 1-3% of the entire tumor cells. If we can isolate and destroy this portion of the cancer, could we potentially stop the cancer from growing completely?
Additional Stem Cell Cancer Research
While finding a cure to cancer is always the top priority, there are many other reasons to study adult stem cells and utilize them within cancer research. First and foremost, we have seen that adult stem cells offer lower rejection rates. If stem cells are harvested from the same patient, it is much less likely to cause a reaction to a donor, for example. Adult stem cells are also very generic and unspecialized. This means that they are capable of renewing over and over again for a very long time and they can be utilized for all different cell types. Basically, stem cells can be studied for all different types of cancers, not just one specific kind.
With so much research being done on adult stem cells and their effect on cancer research, it’s hard not to take a look and see how this process can benefit you as well. At The Michigan Center for Regenerative Medicine, we believe that adult stem cells are among the most potent healing cells that we have in our bodies. For more information about us or how adult stem cells can make a positive impact on your life, give us a call today at (248) 216-1008.