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p. 876. Current therapy with tissue-specific stem cellslocked

  • Jonathan Slack


‘Current therapy with tissue-specific stem cells’ examines the most important type of current stem cell therapy — haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). HSCT covers bone marrow transplantation and other transplants with peripheral or umbilical cord blood used for the treatment of lymphomas and leukaemias. In modern HSCT, the main purpose of the marrow graft now is to destroy the residual tumour cells rather than the cancer being destroyed by radiation or chemotherapy and the patient then being rescued by the graft. Other types of stem cell therapy discussed include the use of epidermis cultured in vitro to treat victims of severe burns and the regeneration of the limbus in corneal grafts.

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