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Stem cells & MS – Hope turns into reality..?

February 25, 2012

With all the talk about stem cell research in the field of MS I thought I’d write a little overview of what has happened so far…

The trial in stem cell transplant for MS happened in 1995. In 2003, the first positive trial with stem cell treatment was conducted on an MS patient in Sweden. The year after, in 2004, stem cell treatment was proclaimed to be just “very experimental”.

Only 3 years later, in 2007, did they realize that the use of stem cells could possibly play an important role for future MS treatments. And in 2009 a glimmer of hope was ignited. However, it remained still to early to be optimistic about stem cells and MS. There was a call for more controlled trials in 2010, to determine whether stem cells could be used as standard treatment for MS.

2011 was a turning point. Various researches claimed successful trials with stem cells on patients with MS.

This year (2012) a global research project is taking place, with the aim of analyzing and evaluating the possibilities of stem cell treatment for MS patients with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs are the primitive cells in the bone marrow.

What does the future hold for MS patients..? I believe hope might turn into reality – maybe stem cells are the answer we have all been waiting for.

If this year’s global research project proves to be successful, researchers say we might be looking at MSCs treatment becoming the standard treatment for MS in 2018.

I know that every research has its pros and cons. I also know that some reports have mentioned that patients who underwent stem cell treatment and were feeling “better than ever” unfortunately reverted back to their prior situation some months after the treatment.

I can just say we have to keep praying and hoping that they soon will find a cure no matter what it will be. Do not lose hope because some trials might not work out as you expect them to or because some people had relapses after all. Remember that we are all different and that it might work differently for you.

 

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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