I’ve been asked if stem cell treatments could be used to treat cancer. The simple answer is no, we don’t use stem cells to treat cancer specifically. In fact, if a person comes to me and has active cancer, we usually tend to disqualify them from having a stem cell treatment. I specifically use stem cells to try and treat areas of musculoskeletal injury, so osteoarthritic joints, rotator cuff tears, those kinds of things. We wouldn’t be directly injecting stem cells into areas of cancer.
I have had a patient that came to me with active cancer. He had arthritis in his hips and of course, he wouldn’t have been an eligible candidate for hip replacement surgery because of his active cancer. It was expected that he was going to eventually die from this cancer, so we did actually agree to put some stem cells into the hip joints to try to offer him some relief. This was done on compassionate grounds, so we circumvented that contraindication of treating a patient with active cancer, but this would not be the usual thing.
So typically if a person has active cancer, I would not be encouraging stem cell treatment of any kind.
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