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Stem Cell Research Underway to Treat Breast Cancer

Posted Dec 12 2008 1:20pm

Breast cancer is Number Six on the list of top ten killers for women, of the 185+ thousand women diagnosed with it, over 41 thousand women die every year. Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

Cryo-Cell, which is a company that has made a name for itself as a family cord blood bank, has gone into partnership with the National Institute of Health (NIH) Clinical Center to begin research on potentially treating diseases, specifically breast cancer.

Through this partnership they will conduct an exploratory study to determine if stem cells collected from menstrual blood can be used in the potential treatment of breast cancer. This study will include cutting-edge techniques making it possible to track stems cells in the body using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—a non-invasive method.

Currently, non-invasive imaging for long term tracking of stem cells in the body do not yet exist, making this truly ground breaking research. The ability to use MRI to monitor the journey of menstrual blood stem cells in the body holds great promise in the utilization of menstrual stem cells in the future treatment of disease. Cryo-Cell’s research partnership with the NIH is a major step towards discovering potential breast cancer therapy.

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