What are the sources of stem cells?
Generally the stem cells can be acquired from three main
Adult stem cells: It involves use of stem cell
derived from bone marrow, peripheral blood and some tissues.
Embryonic stem cells: These cells are derived from
inner cell mass of blastocyst. They fertilize and divide
into different cells.
Human Umbilical Cord: Human Umbilical cord stem cells are
derived from Wharton's Jelly of Umbilical cord. These cells
are having fetal characteristics and do not poses surface
antigens, hence they do not induce graft versus host
Why are stem cells used in medical
cells may be the key to a new generation of treatments for
many diseases. Embryonic stem cells could be used to create
new tissue or organs for patients awaiting a transplant.
They could also be used to repair malfunctioning cells in
the body. For example, stem cells could be used to repair
neurological cells in patients with Alzheimer's or
Parkinson's, or to create new bone marrow for people
suffering from leukemia.
What is the procedure for stem cell
extracted material is sent to stem cell based biological
laboratory. During processing the stem cells are separated
according to the International Quality Control protocol.
These stem cells are introduced in the body to reach the
damaged part and work accordingly.
The stem cells can be introduced by intravenous route or
intrathecally or intraarterial or intralesional route.
What examinations and investigations are to be performed
before the therapy?
primary blood investigations along with some Radiological
investigations according the diseases are conducted. These
help to understand the chronic of the disease and provide
How long does the patient needs to
stay at the clinic?
patient is required to stay for 2-3 hours per session. The
interval between two sessions varies from one month to six
months as per the doctorís discretion. However the period
between sessions and number of sessions depends on the
condition of the patient and severity of the disease.
What amount of results/
progress can be expected from stem cell therapy?
our experience till date the expected results are
surprisingly very good. After each subsequent session
condition of patient becomes better and better. It should be
noted that efficacy of the treatment varies for each patient
depending on the nature and the severity of disease.
How many treatments are needed/
Generally 3-4 treatments are given. If more are needed the
doctors will address you about it during the 1 appointment.
Can the other treatments be taken
at the same time?
before going ahead with the therapy we review the medication
which the patient is already following. After the review
medical decision regarding what should be included and
eliminated from patientís regimen during the treatment is
decided on an individual basis.
Are there any known side effects of
date out of all patients treated at Antan Health Research
Centre have not reported any side effects other than
temporary pain at the site or sometime mild fever or
headache during first 2-3 days which
subsidizes gradually itself.
Are any nutritional supplements/
medications taken along with stem cell treatment?
Depending upon the condition, you may be prescribed
nutritional supplements that will enhance the benefits of
stem cell therapy.
Such prescriptions will be made on an individual basis,
after scrutinizing the patientís condition.
Does drinking or smoking affect the
consumption and cigarette smoking both be detrimental to the
new progenitor stem cells. Hence it is advisable that
patients do not smoke or drink during first three weeks
after the treatment. And for the patients of Liver Cirrhosis
the alcohol and smoking both are to be totally stopped,
otherwise there is no any use of this therapy.
What is the estimated cost for the treatment?
is provided for about 20,000 Ė 30,000 dollars in foreign
countries. However ANTAN HEALTH RESEARCH CENTRE provides
this therapy for a very reasonable cost so that it can be
affordable for majority of patients.