Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Can Breast Cancer be Treated with Stem Cells?

There's quite a bit of controversy over stem cell research. While stem cells seem to offer hope in Treating Diseases of all kinds, people don't like the idea of stem cells coming from unborn, unwanted babies. I admit, I don't like that either, but I look at it kind of like organ donation. If those babies are not going to be allowed to develop and be born anyway, maybe at least some good can come from it. To specifically create embryos for stem cell research is a whole other issue.

Cryo-Cell Cord Blood Bank is leading the way in research and is working to find more solutions to preserve stem cells in a noncontroversial way. Encouraging families to store the cord blood from their newborn babies is one of those ways. Thousands of lives have already been saved through cord blood stem cell transplants. The majority of those have been patients less than 18 years old.

Cryo-Cell also has a service that enables women to collect potentially life-saving stem cells found in menstrual blood. Now they have announced a research partnership with the National Institutes of Health to research the potential treatment of breast cancer using stem cells collected from menstrual blood. They will be conducting an exploratory study to determine if stem cells collected from menstrual blood can be used in the potential treatment of breast cancer.

Cryo-Cell believes this partnership is a major step towards discovering potential breast cancer therapy.

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