New Foundation handbook guides patients and their families as they weigh up healthcare options.
What proven stem cell therapies are available, what’s at risk from trying an unproven, experimental treatment, and what do patients and their families need to know?
The Foundation has developed a new guidebook – What you need to know about stem cell therapies – for people contemplating stem cell-based treatments or clinical trials.
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“Stem cells are saving lives today, through bone marrow transplants and other well-established treatments,” says Foundation chairman Dr Graeme Blackman.
“However, the Foundation is concerned by the increasing number of expensive, unproven and unethical stem cell therapies being advertised and offered in Australia and overseas.
“We want to help vulnerable people see through the slick online advertising and seemingly positive testimonials, and to know what questions to ask their healthcare providers.”
This new guide includes:
- a handy list of questions to ask about any stem cell treatments you’re considering
- an overview of the conditions that are currently treated using approved stem cell therapies
- information on how new therapies are developed and tested
- risks of unproven or experimental treatments.
This resource has been developed with oversight from the Foundation's expert Science and Ethics Committee.
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