Regenerative Medicine

Stem Cell Therapy in Panama with Neil Riordan, PA, PhD and Mel Gibson on Live Longer Feel Better Series

Regenerative medicine is a branch of transnational research in tissue engineering and molecular biology which deals with the "process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function.

Stem cells represent an exciting area in medicine because of their potential to regenerate and repair damaged tissue. Some current therapies, such as bone marrow transplantation, already make use of stem cells and their potential for regeneration of damaged tissues.

Types of Stem Cell Transplants for Cancer Treatment. In a typical stem cell transplant for cancer very high doses of chemo are used, sometimes along with radiation therapy, to try to kill all the cancer cells. This treatment also kills the stem cells in the bone marrow. They are named based on who gives the stem cells.

Immunotherapy uses a patient’s own immune system to fight their cancer. Some patients have been effectively cured, with scans and tests unable to detect any trace of the disease.Associate Professor Nick Huntington is the head of the laboratory for molecular immunology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. He explains which cancers respond best.

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