UMBILICAL CORD STEM CELLS ARE THE FUTURE HEALERS

Karen - posted on 03/29/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Stem Cell FAQ
Below is an FAQ that we hope will answer some basic questions you have about stem cell treatments. If some questions are not answered in this email or the accompanying materials, please don’t hesitate to ask me. karenkzn@telkomsa.net
South Africa Patient Representative


What are stem cell therapies?
Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that involves the transplantation of stem cells through one or more injections. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to help perform a variety of regenerative functions.

What types of stem cells do Beike use?
Beike uses only Adult Stem Cells in its therapies – it does not use embryonic stem cells. Adult Stem Cells can be taken from many sources including umbilical cord blood, bone marrow, or fat tissue. Currently, Beike’s stem cell products are principally sourced from donated umbilical cord blood and tissue or autologous bone marrow and adipose tissue.

Are treatments using Beike’s stem cells safe?
All medical procedures present possibility for complications. Since the company’s founding, more than 9,000 patients have been treated with Beike’s stem cell therapies with no serious adverse outcomes or reactions that have been related to the stem cell transplants. Our medical department doctors review in-depth medical information provided by patients and it is only after this review that patients may be accepted for treatment. The below questions and answers expand upon the policies we have put in place to make treatment as safe as possible.

Does stem cell therapy increase tumor risk?
It is first important to make clear that stem cell therapy is still a new medical technology and there is no long-term study to completely rule out any possible increased tumor risk.

However, the latest research and clinical evidence does support the stance that therapy performed using adult stem cells does not increase the risk of tumor growth.

There is no evidence to date that adult stem cells evoke tumor formation in the human body. There is research indicating embryonic stem cell therapy might increase the risk of tumor formation. But that risk is unrelated to adult stem cells and adult stem cell therapies.
Treatment of leukemia and lymphona by use of adult stem cells from the bone marrow since the 1970s has shown no manifestation of increased tumor formation.
Beike stem cells are not allowed to multiply over two cycles during the culturing and amplification process. A stem cell that is allowed to multiply in a culture dish for a lengthy period of time has the potential to become cancerous.
Based on the known working mechanisms of stem cells, once transplanted inside the patient’s body the cells migrate to repair the damaged areas, assist in development and then die off (apoptosis) or graft into the host’s body.
The above does not preclude stem cells from encouraging growth of already present tumors. We do request information about present or past tumor history during the medical evaluation process to allow our medical staff to make the safest recommendations possible.

What tests are used to screen donated umbilical cord and cord blood prior to processing?
Donors complete rigorous investigative questionnaires and family history inquiries to evaluate possible genetic diseases. The blood undergoes numerous testing, including tests for hepatitis, AIDS, etc. Most cells do not undergo genetic testing due to the amount of possible genetic diseases that can be tested for. This is normal and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) also does not recommend any genetic testing when testing for diseases in donated cord blood.

How many stem cells are provided in a normal treatment period?
Patients typically receive five to eight stem cell packets during a typical one-month treatment cycle with each packet containing a minimum of 20 million stem cells (this is a minimum and the actual number in the packet may be larger up to 200 million). Beike’s partner centers can also collect and prepare autologous bone marrow-derived stem cells—your own body’s adult stem cells. Many centers around the world only use bone marrow-derived stem cells for their treatments. Because of the limit in the amount of stem cells that can be cultured from the bone marrow the use of autologous bone marrow-derived stem cells in our protocols is only offered as a supplment to the base umbilical cord or cord blood-derived stem cell treatment.

How are the stem cells injected?
Most patients receive injections by IV (intravenous) or Lumbar Puncture (spinal). Beike has been using these injections in its protocols since 2001 because of their safety and effectiveness. Depending on the condition, our doctors may also recommend a variety of local injections. These injections deliver the stem cells directly to the injury site. These include intraspinal, intravascular, intramuscular and intracranial injections.

Where is treatment provided?
Beike partners with over 30 hospitals in China to provide treatment to domestic and international patients. International patients currently receive treatment at four of these hospitals. Patients also receive treatment in Kuala Lumpur for spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, optic nerve hypoplasia, cerebral palsy, and diabetic foot (lower-limb ischemia).
What tests are used to screen donated umbilical cord and cord blood prior to processing?
Donors complete rigorous investigative questionnaires and family history inquiries to evaluate possible genetic diseases. The blood undergoes numerous testing, including tests for hepatitis, AIDS, etc. Most cells do not undergo genetic testing due to the amount of possible genetic diseases that can be tested for. This is normal and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) also does not recommend any genetic testing when testing for diseases in donated cord blood.

How many stem cells are provided in a normal treatment period?
Patients typically receive five to eight stem cell packets during a typical one-month treatment cycle with each packet containing a minimum of 20 million stem cells (this is a minimum and the actual number in the packet may be larger up to 200 million). Beike’s partner centers can also collect and prepare autologous bone marrow-derived stem cells—your own body’s adult stem cells. Many centers around the world only use bone marrow-derived stem cells for their treatments. Because of the limit in the amount of stem cells that can be cultured from the bone marrow the use of autologous bone marrow-derived stem cells in our protocols is only offered as a supplment to the base umbilical cord or cord blood-derived stem cell treatment.

How are the stem cells injected?
Most patients receive injections by IV (intravenous) or Lumbar Puncture (spinal). Beike has been using these injections in its protocols since 2001 because of their safety and effectiveness. Depending on the condition, our doctors may also recommend a variety of local injections. These injections deliver the stem cells directly to the injury site. These include intraspinal, intravascular, intramuscular and intracranial injections.

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How long is the treatment period?
Generally, one treatment cycle last for 30 days. While other centers in the world provide stem cell treatments within a shorter time period (two days to one week), we believe these very short treatment periods do not allow for:

appropriate time to observe and ensure patient safety
sufficient stem cells to be injected
sufficient time to allow the doctors to further customize the treatment after observing initial results
enough time for a comprehensive rehabilitation program to help ensure the maximum efficacy of the treatment
We also require that patients have a room at the hospital. While some providers do allow patients to stay in hotels during treatment, it is important to remember that stem cell treatment is still a medical procedure and that access to medical staff around the clock may be necessary. Patients considering adult stem cell treatments today have complex medical conditions. Providing them with immediate access to hospital and medical staff during their stay is a given.

What Type Of Stem Cells Are Used:
Umbilical Cord Blood-Derived Stem Cells (UCBSC)
Umbilical Cord-Derived Stem Cells (UCMSC)
Autologous Bone Marrow Stem Cells (BMSC)
How are the stem cells injected?
Intravenous (IV)
Lumbar Puncture (LP, Spinal)
Local Injections (CT-Guided Intraspinal Cord Injection, CT-Guided Stereotactic Intracranial Injection, Intramuscular Injection, Intra-Articular Injection, Retrobulbar Injection)
What is included in the treatment?
Stem cell packets and injections
All necessary testing upon arrival (including any scans as recommended by the attending doctor)
Rehabilitation, 5-6 days a week (dependent upon injection schedule), PT/OT, massage, electro-wave therapy, acupuncture
Hospital stay for duration or treatment (rooms include bed for 1-2 caregivers, TV and DVD player, microwave, refrigerator, water cooler, bathroom w/ shower)
Pickup and transportation from local airport to the hospital
25 days for 5 stem cell packets

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