Knoepfler lab stem cell blog
My Son-in-Law is currently receiving chemo treatments at your Hospital (U.C.Davis, Sacramento) and he is being told that after the chemo treatments he will need stem cell transplants. He has multiple myeloma and is at stage 3. I know that when we get to that point that it will be a very hard thing to go through in getting a bone marrow transplant. My question to you is what is the outlook in his future for the chance that he could put this disease into remission and have a quality of life for at least a few years into the future? I know though that every case is different. But.. I am hopeful that as fast as medicine is learning new advances in diseases that hopefully multiple myeloma will also be one that can be controlled to the point of remission. Any help you can give me in this regard would be very much appreciated. Thank You !!!
(editor’s note: I removed this commenter’s last name to protect anonymity).
My best wishes to your son-in-law and the whole family during this tough time.
I’m not a medical doctor so I am not qualified to discussed your questions.
This website looks like a valuable resource: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/multiplemyeloma/
Congratulations on receiving the grant. Commisserations about new stem cell lines being thwarted by legislators. It is comforting that progenerator cells that you grow from stem embryonic cells are less likely to make tumors than their embryonic “parents”. The so called “adult stem cells” also seem to be relatively less likely to cause tumors. It might be interesting to compare “adult stem cells” — taken directly from bone marrow or synovial fluid, for example, I’d give you some of mine — with embryonic cells and the progenerator cells that you create in the lab? Do adult stem cells approximate a natural “half-way point” between the embryonic cells that you work with and the tissue that you would ultimately like to regenerate?