I have contacted the clinic of Prof Shimon Slavin for first information on the non-myeloablative haemopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) method for patients with Multiple Sclerosis.
The seems standard answer I received by e-mail was either to take an appointment and present myself at the clinic - the International Center for Cell Therapy & Cancer Immunotherapy (CTCI) in Tel Aviv - or pay for a consultation fee of US $1,250 "for the extra time we need to spend to learn more about your case and provide details of procedures that may be applicable at our center, on a fully personalized basis, taking into consideration disease-specific parameters and patient’s general condition. Please note that consultation fee provides the source for funding continuous research towards developing newer approaches for the treatment of cancer and regenerative medicine."
Before travelling to israel or paying such a fee it is obvious one needs to know more in general about the seriousness of treatment and procedure applied there...without needing to spend US$1.250, which might be a fee to spend once one decides really that this could be an option.
They admit that "you and the treating neurologist should be aware of the fact that we are dealing with experimental protocols, so although we will be trying to do the best we can, we cannot yet promise successful outcome...The information we need must be detailed enough for us to evaluate each case, as if the patient is in front of us, and only then it will be possible to decide whether or not such patient may be eligible for any of our ongoing protocols. Consequently, we need a lot of back and forth correspondence to be fully informed and than be able to inform the patient, patient’s family and/or his treating physician about all details of the treatment options that may be suitable for that patient."
So we'll first cash you and then we'll see if this could be a procedure for you hey, without guarantee, that sounds great thanks
well sorry for my reaction, but a reason for me to post here to get info from patients that underwent treatment there.
I therefore would be interested if anyone has received such treatment in this clinic and would like to share his experience. Thanks a lot.