Stem Cell Research

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Incontinence Treatment Resulting From Prostate Cancer Surgery: Muscle-derived Stem Cells Prove Effective In Reparing Sphincter Damage To Restore Continence

Two studies presented at the 103rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA), show that patients with incontinence resulting from iatrogenic sphincter damage may benefit from stem cell therapy. Incontinence after a radical prostatectomy for the treatment of prostate cancer can be a result in damage to the external urinary sphincter and would fall within this category. In one study, a research team successfully implanted muscle-derived stem cells grown from tissue from the patient’s deltoid muscles into the damaged sphincter. One year later, four patients were completely continent and 19 patients had improved from grade III to grade [...]

A Significant Step In Stem Cell Research

Tucked away on page A8 of yesterday’s Newsday, the Long Island New York daily newspaper, was a brief but interesting article about a potential advance in stem cell research which could ultimately have a very significant impact on prostate cancer survivors. According to the article, researchers in Japan, reported that they were able to inject stem cells into mice embryos that had a gene alteration that should have prevented them from developing kidneys. Despite the gene modification, because of the introduction of the stem cells into the embryos, the mice were born with fully functioning kidneys. The study still has [...]