Stem cell 'reboot' promising as MS cure

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Postby Loobie » Thu May 06, 2010 11:21 am

Lyon wrote:Don't worry cheer, you're not merely an annoyance.

I'm not sure of your investment in this but your absolute desperation to convince is interesting.

I've heard that in your younger years you were a singer but I didn't realize how good you were at dancing. At least you've been doing an impressive job of dancing around the issue regarding what your point is. Even if you were right and rebooting doesn't stop MS progression in progressive MS, what is your point? That elimination of venous stenosis does provide benefit in progressive MS? There is no proof of that, while there is certainly documentation that rebooting offers benefit in RRMS.


Bob,
What is the purpose of this response? Joan is on topic and this is a public forum. Using this logic, you should stay the hell out of the CCSVI thread, right? You know we have these discussions every once in a while. I never say anything when you logically stir the pot, but this post just seems totally personal; I thought you were above that and were simply a 'man of logic' in a quest for the truth. Joan is pointing out holes in your argument, just like you do to everyone else. Maybe you just don't like having arguments thrown back at you. I don't know, but you lose credibility when you make it personal.
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Postby Lyon » Thu May 06, 2010 11:52 am

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Postby patientx » Thu May 06, 2010 12:17 pm

chrishasms wrote:I had Hicy w/o any stem cell reintro because your bone marrow already has stem cells. Those alone can rebuild everything w/o needing your own cells.

I have no clue why they use stem cells. Neither did my docs at JH.


Chris,

Is that all the Hopkins doctors had to say about the difference between the two approaches? Did they ever elaborate? I would have thought they might have some idea on why some of their peers think it's necessary to do both the high-dose chemo, followed by the stem cell transplant.
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Postby cheerleader » Thu May 06, 2010 12:34 pm

Lew and Chris--appreciate the chivalry, but I'm OK....I grew up with brothers.

I just thought it was important to give the history (through 3 published research papers co-authored by Freedman) of why Dr. Freedman is now selectively only treating those with aggressive MS- in the inflammatory stage. He is treating a very specific demographic, and there was nothing in the article stating why. And also because that's what this thread was about. The article was regarding Dr. Freedman's current study in Canada. Dignan linked to even more critical research--which stated the same facts.

Although I may be characterized as the Avon Lady for CCSVI around these parts....I am actually interested in the science behind stem cell treatments-for healing of neurological damage. But if that's only a boys' club, I can take my lipstick samples and go home-
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Postby LR1234 » Thu May 06, 2010 2:13 pm

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Postby L » Thu May 06, 2010 2:36 pm

Lyon wrote:She's pissing me off. She's evasive and picks and chooses which part of an argument she wants to respond to and it's actually dishonest that she keeps using Freedmans' paper and purposely NOT pointing out that it is referring to progressive MS.


You have no manners.
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Postby Lyon » Thu May 06, 2010 2:49 pm

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Postby chrishasms » Thu May 06, 2010 5:47 pm

It's OK Cheer. I shouldn't have said anything. It's a fight you can''t win. Let him go on telling people he is winning. It fills the hole.

No they never did mention why they didn't do the stem cells except for the fact your bone marrow already has stem cells so it seemed redundant, but harmless to them. I was happy getting what I got so I didn't ask much more.
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Postby Lyon » Sat May 08, 2010 7:35 am

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Postby scorpion » Sat May 08, 2010 10:19 am

Good find. I would think that there would have to be longer term data somewhere. If I remember correctly two years ago there was a study that talked about patients who were four years post hicy. If my math is correct those patients would have had the trreatment six years ago.
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Postby Lyon » Sat May 08, 2010 10:43 am

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Postby Thomas » Sat May 08, 2010 1:37 pm

From the article:
Stem cells are harvested from the patient’s blood. Next, the patient’s immune system is destroyed through intense chemotherapy. Then the stem cells are reintroduced with the hope that when the immune system grows back, it will no longer attack the nervous system.


Did I miss something? Since when is it OK to use patients as guinea pigs in studies? I thought this is why they use animals in studies? 8O
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Postby scorpion » Sat May 08, 2010 4:07 pm

Yeah you missed something. Chemotherapy has been around for years and there has been TONS of stem cell studies using animals.
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Postby Lyon » Sat May 08, 2010 4:07 pm

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Postby Thomas » Sat May 08, 2010 6:15 pm

scorpion wrote:Yeah you missed something. Chemotherapy has been around for years and there has been TONS of stem cell studies using animals.


Yes you're right, I missed something and this is actually how it is supposed to work. Clinicaltrials.gov tells me that this trial most probably is a "treatment trial" which is a trial which "test new treatments, new combinations of drugs, or new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy."
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