Could you imagine scientists working in the laboratories to regenerate the cells from the human body to treat incurable diseases like cancers, and now Parkinson’s disease? Well, stem cell therapy is a huge medical research area which is often considered to carry the potential to treat multiple incurable ailments.
But, what is the success rate of stem cell therapy and is it really effective against Parkinson’s Disease!
Stem cell therapy
Stem cells are nothing but the parent cells. When transplanted into the recipient’s body these grow into the mature cells thus restoring the deficient cells which are critical for your body to run normally.
The Parkinson’s disease is associated with a dopamine deficiency in the brain. Though stem cell therapy has found success in blood cancer treatment or regeneration of corneal tissue in the eye, there is little evidence that dopamine-producing neurons could possibly be cloned inside science labs. Also, these cells are being tested on the human volunteers but with little clinical benefits.
Challenges in stem cell therapy
In the future, even if scientists observe distinct signs of clinical improvement in Parkinson’s patients, using the stem cell therapy, there are multiple other reasons that point to the decreased utility of this technology in a clinical setup.
- Stem cell therapy is highly expensive and so unaffordability will be a major concern for the majority of patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
- There are chances of relapse of the treatment due to the mismatch issues between the donor’s transplant & the recipient.
- Complications associated with the therapy such as rejection of the grafted cells by the recipient’s immune system leading to an immune attack and ultimate failure of the therapy.
So, why not use the proven methods?
Medications are found to enormously decrease the tremors and other involuntary movements associated with the disease. Additionally, memory aids, problem-solving games and various other modalities help achieve a higher quality of life for these patients.
Many quarters of the medical field are selling the stem cell method to countless patients as a non-surgical effective way of curing Parkinson’s. The public should be careful of such promises, as they are counter-productive when it comes to treating Parkinson’s. As there is an increasing ambiguity surrounding stem cell therapy, doctors are considering safer techniques to provide symptomatic relief to the patients.