Im curious about the facility in Germany that George and Asher had HSCT. It seems that they have a well established protocol and seems they do this on many people with MS. So does this mean that it is a recignizes treatment in Germany or are they mostly catering to people who have the wealth to have this performed?
The (BEAM) HSCT protocol in Germany is well-established because they do it very often for cancer patients and are very familiar with administering it in a safe manner. However, they haven't specifically treated that many MS patients (but the number is slowly growing), but it doesn't really matter because the HSCT treatment protocol for MS is nearly identical to that of cancer.
Yes, they perform HSCT for MS for profit for patients from overseas that can pay cash for the procedure (approximately 50,000 Euros).
I understand that the German health care system is likely to pay for the procedure only for those people that are enrolled & insured in the German health care system. Very fortunate for them.
It seems that the donor cell type of HSCT is viable for some types of leukemia treatment. If this is the case are there any facilities in the US that do this and if so why wouldnt they perform the autologus type for people who have the funds?
Shucks is correct. Although an allogeneic (doner stem cell) transplantation procedure will also cure MS, it is a very dangerous (approximately a 1/3 death rate) procedure and is only used for specific types of (untreated) terminal cancer that cannot be cured with an autologous (own stem cells) procedure. But also, an allogeneic transplantation procedure is not necessary for MS since an autologous HSCT procedure works well to cure MS.
There are hundreds of hospital facilities in the United States that can and do perform HSCT procedures all the time for cancer. But none (except Dr. Burt at NWU Chicago) will perform HSCT for an autoimmune disease such as MS because it is not yet considered "mainstream treatment" for MS and they are scared to perform the procedure out of fear of being sued and losing a ton of money in an out-of-control court judgement. That will change when HSCT becomes FDA-approved for MS in approximately ten years. Germany doesn't have this problem because they have enacted legal tort limits that strictly limits malpractice payouts. So the Germans are not scared to perform HSCT for MS today.
So you can pay to have it done in Chicago if you meet their inclusion criteria. Or you can have it done at a reputable medical facility overseas. You can read about treatment facilities here:http://themscure.blogspot.com/2011/06/g ... -have.html