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Where can I get a stem cell transplant?
According to Medline Plus: Stem cells are cells with the potential to develop into many different types of cells in the body. They serve as a repair system for the body. There are two main types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells... Doctors and scientists are excited about stem cells because they could help in many different areas of health and medical research. Studying stem cells may help explain how serious conditions such as birth defects and cancer come about. Stem cells may one day be used to make cells and tissues for therapy of many diseases. Examples include Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, spinal cord injury, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. (See their full article on Stem Cells.)
There are several centers around the US that perform stem cell transplants including the following:
- The Mayo Clinic
- University of Virginia (UVA)
- Children's Memorial Hospital
- Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
These are just four of the centers that provide stem cell transplants. You may also check the Clinical Trials Database at the National Library of Medicine for new stem cell studies in which you may participate. Talk to your doctor about which is the right one for you.