Survivors Speak Out: Adult Stem Cells Save Lives.As President Bush discussed his veto of an embryonic stem cell Embryonic stem cells (ES cells) are stem cells derived from the inner cell mass of an early stage embryo known as a blastocyst. Human embryos reach the blastocyst stage 4-5 days post fertilization, at which time they consist of 50-150 cells.
ES cells are pluripotent. research bill and announced new initiatives to encourage ethical research June 20, he was joined by people saved by adult stem cell Adult stem cells are undifferentiated cells found throughout the body that divide to replenish dying cells and regenerate damaged tissues. Also known as somatic (from Greek Σωματικóς, of the body treatments. These survivors know firsthand first·hand
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first that stem cells stem cells, unspecialized human or animal cells that can produce mature specialized body cells and at the same time replicate themselves. Embryonic stem cells are derived from a blastocyst (the blastula typical of placental mammals; see embryo), which is very young obtained without harming human beings can and do successfully treat many diseases.
The veto was Bush's second for an embryonic stem cell research bill sent to him by Congress. "If Congress really cares about patients instead of patents and pleasing lobbying groups," survivor Carol Franz told NRL Noun 1. NRL - the United States Navy's defense laboratory that conducts basic and applied research for the Navy in a variety of scientific and technical disciplines
Naval Research Laboratory News, "it would focus on adult stem cell research. There is no reason to destroy life. No embryos had to die for me to get my life back again."
Franz suffered from multiple myeloma multiple myeloma
A malignant proliferation of abnormal plasma cells that populate the marrow-containing bones of the body. The affected plasma cells produce myeloma protein, a monoclonal antibody that replaces normal antibodies in the blood, thereby increasing susceptibility (bone marrow cancer) when she received her first adult stem cell transplant in May 2003. The cancer attacked her bones so severely, they "looked like someone used them for target practice," Franz said.
Once chemotherapy destroyed her cancerous immune system immune system
Cells, cell products, organs, and structures of the body involved in the detection and destruction of foreign invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. Immunity is based on the system's ability to launch a defense against such invaders. , doctors at Syracuse Upstate Medical Hospital gave Franz cells obtained from her own blood. The cells traveled through her bloodstream into her bone marrow, establishing a new, cancer-free immune system.
Franz remained free from the myeloma myeloma /my·elo·ma/ (mi?e-lo´mah) a tumor composed of cells of the type normally found in the bone marrow.
giant cell myeloma see under tumor (1). for three years. When one of her frequent blood tests showed signs that the cancer might be returning, she received another treatment with adult stem cells in 2006.
Since the treatments, Franz said that she has been called to spread the truth about stem cellsthat adult stem cells are saving thousands of lives right now and that human embryos do not have to die in order to advance medical science. As part of her mission, she spoke at the National Right to Life Convention and at other gatherings, has written many letters to newspapers, and started a web site, www.carolfranz.com.
"The Lord allowed me to be an advocate and to speak up to help people save their lives with adult stem cells," she said.
Franz wears t-shirts that proclaim, "Adult Stem Cell Survivor," and has given away many others that state, "Adult Stem Cells Saved My Friend's Life." "I'm bringing one of the shirts to the White House to give to President Bush," she said.
Bush invited Franz to stand next to him during his speech. "I'm also up here with Carol Franz; she has whipped cancer twice by using adult stem cells," Bush said. "In other words Adv. 1. in other words - otherwise stated; "in other words, we are broke"
put differently , adult stem cells have saved her life. She's a determined woman who believes strongly that there are different alternatives available to use stem cells other than those which are created as the result of destruction of human life."
Other adult stem cell survivors also attended the speech in the East Room of the White House, including Doug Rice. When doctors told him in November 2005 that he would die of congestive heart failure congestive heart failure, inability of the heart to expel sufficient blood to keep pace with the metabolic demands of the body. In the healthy individual the heart can tolerate large increases of workload for a considerable length of time. in three months, Rice decided to travel to Thailand for an adult stem cell transplant.
In a procedure known as TheraVitae, blood is drawn from the patient, shipped to a laboratory in Israel and processed to obtain heart stem cells, and then sent back to Bangkok where the cells are injected back into the patient. The procedure is not yet available in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , although trials are currently underway.
Despite the enormous cost and long plane ride, Rice made the trip in January 2006. Before the treatment, Rice's ejection ejection /ejec·tion/ (e-jek´shun)
1. the act of casting out or the state of being cast out, as of excretions, secretions, or other bodily fluids.
2. something cast out.
3. fractionwhich measures how well the heart pumps bloodstood at 11% (the normal rate is over 50%). Three weeks after he received the heart stem cells, his ejection fraction ejection fraction
The blood present in the ventricle at the end of diastole and expelled during the contraction of the heart.
Ejection fraction increased to 28%, Rice told NRL News. The fraction is now 40%, and the cells continue to grow in his body.
"I used to sleep sitting up and couldn't walk more than 50 feet," he said. "But now I walk all the time."
In addition, as the stem cells spread throughout his bloodstream, they have improved the function of other organs. "My diabetes is getting better," Rice said. "My kidneys were in bad shape, but not anymore."
Rice's experience with adult stem cells has also inspired him to act, traveling to speak to various groups and establishing a web site, www.douglastrice.org. He approaches the issue from a scientific basis. "Embryonic stem cells don't work, have never worked, and may never work," he said. "But adult stem cells work today. If I depended on embryonic stem cells, I'd be dead today."
Rice pointed to the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who have already been treated with adult stem cells. But because the media focuses so much on embryonic cells, many people who could be saved by adult cells are not even aware that such treatments are available.
"I care about the over 500,000 people who die each year of heart failure," Rice said. He lost his sister, who couldn't afford to go all the way to Bangkok, and his mother to the disease. "We need to get people treated, and adult stem cells are what work."