Stem cell transplant for lupus

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Butterflake
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   Posted 12/24/2007 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been reading about a lupus study in which docs remove some of your stem cells, then give you high dose chemo to erase the harmful autoimmune response that comes with lupus. Then they transplant your stem cells back into you. Results sound good.  The web site is http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00230035
Has anyone read about this?
Dx: SLE diagnosed 2005, major depressive disorder, diabetes, fibromyalgia, gerd, sleep apnea (use a CPAP), hypertension, IBS
Tx: plaquenil, methotrexate, Imuran, prednisone, prozac, celebrex, lisinopril, actos, lipitor, nexeum, seroquel, arthritis tylenol  PRN: ambien, neurontin, promethazine, xanax
supplements: multi vitamin, C, flaxseed oil, calcium/D
             Better living through chemistry :D    Donna
 


okie
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   Posted 12/24/2007 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Donna, I havn't read it yet but I have heard they were doing stem cell research for lupus. Thanks for the link I will check it out. I must say that it's nice they are actually trying to find new ways to find a cure or at least new ways to fight this. It's about time!
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carol
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Lupus like symptoms, with pbc symptoms, stage 4 COPD w/CHF,  Cancer survivor.  Osteoporosis,osteoarthritis
Prednisone,Plaquanil800mg,vicodin 4x5mg,Evista60mg, Effexor 150mg, HCTZ25/Triamterene37.5mg,Xanax x3 
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Bsime
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   Posted 12/25/2007 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Northwestern University has been using stem cell treatment for lupus patients since 1997.  They have been very successful but it is only for patients who respond to nothing else and are in very bad shape.  The procedure is risky and very expensive but most patients have responded well.
 
My doctor is one of the main clinical researchers and helps to run the program. 
 
 
If someone is truly in need of such a program I can put you in contact with my doctor to see if you qualify for this treatment.
 
Bill
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's esophagus.
 
Meds: prednisone 5mg, 50mg imuran, Lotrel 40/5mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
 
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Butterflake
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   Posted 12/26/2007 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bill and Carol.  Thanks for the reply.  Bill, your doc is starting phase II of his study, but I don't think that I qualify.  I read the link you sent me.  It's interesting. 

Dx: SLE diagnosed 2005, major depressive disorder, diabetes, fibromyalgia, gerd, sleep apnea (use a CPAP), hypertension, IBS
Tx: plaquenil, methotrexate, Imuran, prednisone, prozac, celebrex, lisinopril, actos, lipitor, nexeum, seroquel, arthritis tylenol  PRN: ambien, neurontin, promethazine, xanax
supplements: multi vitamin, C, flaxseed oil, calcium/D
             Better living through chemistry :D    Donna
 

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