Consequence of Stem Cell TourismCreated by:
In Manila, a lot of local clinics opened up with the promise of curing certain illnesses through stem cell therapy - for a cost. These so-called “Stem Cell Clinics” make huge profit on unproven therapies that sadly, some patients would prefer to have rather than proven conventional forms of treatment. A recently published article by the New England Journal of Medicine talks about the grave result of such therapy. They described a man who had intrathecal stem cell infusions for the treatment post-stroke neurologic deficits. He had this done from multiple centers in different countries. As a result, he developed worsening low back pain, paraplegia and urinary incontinence. He had spinal cord lesion on MRI which was biopsied. Turns out, it's a glioproliferative lesion! Stem cells release growth factors responsible for its tumorigenic potential. If anybody can experiment with these cells and put up a stem cell clinic, imagine the new forms of cancers that will be generated. There should be a strict regulatory board for these clinics. In your local setting, is stem cell treatment becoming popular and is there a regulatory board for this industry?
Here's a link to the article: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1600188