Clinical studies have shown a pioneering stem cell treatment to actually reverse the symptoms of MS, and then preventing the onset of further decline. This means there could finally be a cure for MS. Patients who were lucky enough to test out this treatment discovered that from being in a wheelchair-bound position, they can now walk, and there is no evidence of the disease remaining active.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological disease, of which is prevalent amongst younger people, leaving them in debilitated state. The cause of this terrible disease is unknown, and until now there has been no cure.
However, the stem cell treatment, of which has been in a trial phase for the past 3 years, has been described as a miracle. Carried out at Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield and Kings College Hospital, London, the treatment involves giving the patient a high dose of chemotherapy to knock out the immune system, then using stem cells from the patient’s blood the immune system is then rebuilt. Within a few weeks, these stem cells grow new red and white blood cells, allowing the immune system to begin fully working in a short amount of time.
Professor Sharrack is a consultant neurologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He said: “Since we started treating patients three years ago, some of the results we have seen have been miraculous.”
That said, it is likely to be some time before we can see this treatment readily available. More time is needed to check for potential side effects, before it can be passed on to N.I.C.E for approval and then to acquire a licence for use. However, as the treatment appears to be a ground breaking success, with extra money and support, it could possibly be passed sooner.