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Health: Autologous Therapy

Volume 715: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made in developing autologous therapy for NHS patients, particularly in heart attack and similar cases. [HL564]

Autologous therapy, using a patient's own stem cells, has been used with increasing success to treat a range of conditions, such as burns to the skin or damage to the cornea. A number of research trials have investigated bone marrow stem cells to treat damage to the heart following a heart attack. While these studies are ongoing, to date any benefits for patients appear to be marginal and transient in nature. More clinical research will be required to establish with confidence whether or not there really are any clinical benefits from this approach.