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How does stem cell technology work? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 05-Feb-2014
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Doctor:How can I help you?
Doctor:how may I help you?
User:well actually i m carrying, this is my 9th month running.
User:i wantedto know about the stem cell technology, how popular and how helpful itt is
Doctor:I believe you are talking about cord blood bank.
User:thats correct
Doctor:It is definitely an useful means where tissues are stored for future health concerns. However whether or not it will be helpful cannot be predicted.
User:i see
Doctor:To put across in simple words, this is like a medical insurance. You know you need it; but you would not be able to predict whether or not you will use it in the next 3-5 years.
User:how old is this concept, is it newly intoduced
Doctor:Stem cell therapy was a concept that came into medical field in the recent past.
User:i see
Doctor:The cells obtained now has potential to treat cancer and other organ dysfunctions including diabetes, parkinsonism and so on.
Doctor:The limitation is it is an expensive insurance.
Doctor:If cost is an issue, I recommend my patients to take a call after knowing the risk factors.
User:wat r the risk factotrs
Doctor:i suggest them to go for it if there is a family history of cancers and serious medical illness running in the family.
User:my husband has got sugar on border line cause his father is diabetic patient
Doctor:Diabetes is a very common condition; however diabetes leading to pancreatic cell dysfunction will need stem cells.
User:he has got piles problem as well
Doctor:And current medical studies have yet to approve stem cell therapy as treatment of diabetes.
Doctor:In this case, stem cell will be useful in treating cancers and in patients who need bone marrow supplements such as patients with blood disorders.
Doctor:So if you have history of cancers, blood disorders such as ITP, myeloma, myelodysplasia and so on
Doctor:cord blood sampling and banking is going to be much more helpful.
User:my father in laws brothers daughter has got cancer.
Doctor:May I know what type of cancer did they suffer from?
User:i m not so sure of that ...
User:it is useful after 5 years also i gusee rite
User:it is useful after 5 years also i gusee rite
Doctor:To simplify, cord blood sampling is a good medical insurance. You can go for it if you are not bothered about the expenses.
Doctor:It can cost close to a lakh INR to sample and preserve the cord cells.
User:i see
User:any harm to the baby or tthe motther
Doctor:If you are bothered about the cost, then you can discuss with your doctor based on the current risks you have and then go about it.
Doctor:It has no harm to the baby or the mother.
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:ya i got your point. thank you very much doctor
User:no other queries as of now
User:thanks doc
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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