Stem cell therapy

Stem cell transplantation therapy can help prolong the lives of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), according to US research. SLE patients were treated with chemotherapy to kill off their defective lymphocytes, then given a transfusion of their own stem cells to promote new immune cell growth. After five years, 84 per cent of patients who were treated had survived, and half were disease free (JAMA 2006; 295: 527-35).


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