Given Just 5 Years to Live, Woman’s Deadly Blood Cancer Treated With Her Own Cells

Bioethics   Mallory Quigley   Aug 12, 2016   |   12:03PM    Washington, DC

Today the Charlotte Lozier Institute announced the release of its latest patient testimonial video at StemCellResearchFacts.org, a project of the Washington, D.C.-based research and policy organization.

In the video, Kansan Cindy Schroeder describes how she and her family thought she was given a death sentence when diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer with a median survival rate of just over five years that had migrated from her bone marrow to vital organs. Then, Schroeder says, an adult stem cell transplant gave her a new lease on life.

David Prentice, Vice President and Research Director of the Charlotte Lozier Institute and an international expert on stem cells, hailed the new video, saying:

“Adult stem cells are one of the best-kept secrets in medicine today. Cindy Schroeder is one of well over one million patients worldwide who have benefitted from treatments using adult stem cells. Yet, myths about their usefulness persist, and to some it still sounds like science fiction. In reality, there are nearly 3,500 approved clinical studies using adult stem cells, and peer-reviewed, scientific publications have documented their successful use in patients for dozens of conditions. Unlike embryonic stem cells, which have not produced a single proven treatment in spite of ample funding, adult stem cells do not require taking a life to save a life. StemCellResearchFacts.org exists to promote sound, ethical research and tell stories like Cindy’s. The validated science can no longer be denied. People facing dire prognoses deserve to have this potentially lifesaving information when they consider their treatment options.”

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Charlotte Lozier Institute president Chuck Donovan also pointed out the lack of ethical controversy surrounding adult stem cells versus embryonic stem cell research:

“For decades, stem cells obtained by destroying unique, living human beings were heralded for their potential ability to cure numerous diseases and conditions. However, while funding for this morally objectionable research initially boomed, efficacious therapies did not. We ought to allocate our valuable resources to therapies with a proven record of success. Anything less is putting ideology before science.”

StemCellResearchFacts.org, a project of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, was established in 2009 to facilitate and form a worldwide community dedicated to helping individuals, patients and families discover, learn and share the latest advances in adult stem cell research. To that end, the website has published 16 video testimonials – backed by peer-reviewed published science. These testimonials feature patients who have undergone successful therapies for a variety of conditions – including autoimmune diseases, cancer, spinal cord injury, heart disease, and more – using adult stem cells. They also convey the testimony of doctors and researchers on the merits of these treatments.

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