Cellular Therapy in a nutshell
The Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital is at the forefront of cellular therapy research, in Canada. Stem cells are the basis of a new type of medicine that involves using the unique properties of these cells to repair tissues or organs damaged by a disease or an injury. This is called cell therapy or regenerative medicine.
Cell therapy has been paving the way for decades already, for the development of effective treatments against a multitude of diseases, from cancer to autoimmune diseases.
This approach is hopeful for thousands of Canadians, but in order for research to move forward, it is in dire need of funds. This is why the Cycling for Cure event is counting on your involvement and support.
What can Cell Therapy potentially cure?
For several years, Cell Therapy has been widely used in the field of hematology, notably to treat blood cancers (leukemias, lymphomas, myelomas). Cell therapy also has the potential to treat:
- Several types of cancer: breast cancer, lung cancer, melanoma, kidney cancer, testicular cancer and others
- Heart disease: infarction, heart failure
- Neurological disorders: Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, spinal cord trauma
- Ocular diseases: macular degeneration, glaucoma, corneal abnormalities
- Autoimmune diseases: diabetes, scleroderma, lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease and others
- Musculoskeletal diseases: trauma damaging cartilage, osteoarthritis, muscular dystrophy