New Patient Info Series: Stem Cell Therapy

April 4, 2017 at 1:49 pm

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to become specialized cells. They also are able to make more copies of themselves. There are different types of stem cells including those found in embryos (embryonic stem cells) and those produced in the laboratory by treating normal adult cells such as from the skin or muscle to become stem cells (induced pluripotent stem cells). Much is not yet known about all stem cell types and how they work. Although one example of successful use of stem cells is the use of bone marrow stem cells (hematopoietic stem cells) to treat certain types of leukemias and lymphomas. Significant research is needed to safely and effectively use these in people with other diseases, including lung disease.

Learn more in our patient education factsheet, Unproven Stem Cell Treatments for Lung Disease: An Emerging Public Health Problem, published in the April 1 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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