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Regenerative Medicine and Cancer Treatment

With a proven track record in regenerative medicene, you're in safe hands

Cancer is a condition that will affect almost 1 in 2 people at some stage of their lifetime. It occurs when rogue cells invade and destroy healthy tissue, which may include major organs and other parts of the body. Cancerous cells may initially start to grow and reproduce in one area before spreading to other tissue.

A diagnosis of cancer can be a daunting experience and patients should always seek advice from a qualified specialist oncologist. Thankfully, today there are a number of effective treatments for many types of cancer. These treatments include chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery. Research suggests that stem cell therapies may also be able to play a role in cancer care by helping the immune system to recover.

Stem cell treatment is a relatively new discipline of regenerative medicine. Where there is an established medical need, a clinician may now prescribe stem cell therapy as a treatment within the UK, in accordance with regulation by the Human Tissue Authority.

Please Note: Whilst the clinic does offer stem cell treatments, no treatment is undertaken until the patient has been reviewed by a consultant (who is a specialist in the relevant field) and approval has been given by the specialist. Patients are informed throughout the process of the limitations of stem cell treatment and it is for the patient to make a final decision in conjunction with his or her consultant.

Dr Khan Says

“Regenerative treatments are an option for people who may have already tried, or considered, conventional treatments. Research using stem cells with latest technology has shown promising results.”

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Dr Tee Says

“Stem cells are located throughout the body and act as natural healers. Studies suggest that when used for medical purposes, stem cells have the potential to accelerate tissue repair, stimulate tissue regeneration, and decrease inflammation.”

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STEM CELL RESEARCH AND CANCER

Stem cells are like military generals that issue orders to a vast army of trillions of other cells that exist within the body. We know that stem cells are able to react in order to regulate the immune system, and regenerate or repair vital organs. These properties make stem cells of great interest in the field of cancer research, which has resulted in the publication of numerous studies.

Discoveries about stem cell biology accumulated over recent decades have potential to benefit cancer patients. A scientific paper published in 2020 stated: "Stem cell therapy, which involves all procedures using stem cells, has provided a hopeful option in the fight against cancer." [1] This includes the potential to improve the therapeutic benefit of other types of cancer treatment.

Stem Cell Treatment for Cancer
Stem Cell Treatment for Cancer
Stem Cell Treatment for Cancer

Most cancers are triggered due to genetic changes that occur at a cellular level during a person’s lifetime. These changes can be influenced by lifestyle factors or genetic predisposition. Stem cells are of interest to oncologists due to their regenerative properties and role within the immune system.

Cancer Research UK states: "Stem cell or bone marrow transplants are treatments for some types of cancer, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma." Transplants are often carried out in conjunction with high dose chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Patients whose bodies may be exhausted following a specific type of treatment like chemotherapy may be able to benefit from stem cell therapy in order to boost their wellbeing. There is also potential to treat other types of cancer in future, according to studies into the properties of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and neural stem cells (NSCs).

Stem Cell Treatment for Cancer

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

WHAT ARE STEM CELLS?

Stem cells are special types of cell that occur naturally within the body. They have the ability to replicate themselves or develop into different types of cells through a process known as differentiation.

Hence stem cells have the potential to become new cells in order to perform specific functions. For example, they can differentiate to become blood cells or other types of cell that are active within the immune system. This process enables stem cells not only to play a unique role in the body's ability to heal itself, but also to encourage the growth of healthy tissue.

HOW ARE STEM CELLS USED IN MEDICINE?

Whist stem cell therapy is relatively new, stem cells have been the subject of over 40 years of research and there have been a large number of clinical trails. A limited number of treatments for certain medical conditions are now available in the UK.

When used for medical purposes, research suggests stem cells can accelerate tissue repair, stimulate tissue regeneration, decrease inflammation, and stimulate new blood vessel growth.


WHAT TREATMENTS ARE THERE FOR CANCER?

Medical science is advancing all the time and there are number of existing treatments for cancer, which your oncologist can advise upon. The approach will vary from patient to patient, subject to the nature of the cancer, of which there are over 200 different types.

Established treatments include radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and surgical options. New drugs are also being developed as knowledge continues to advance, along with other innovative apporaches that are open to oncologists.

Where there is an established medical need, stem cell therapy may be an option for certain cancer patients. For example, this may include cases where the patient's immune system has been weakened or destroyed by existing treatments such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy.

* Please note: it is our policy to always refer cancer patients to a qualified oncologist, who can best decide upon your needs.


CAN I HAVE STEM CELL THERAPY?

Stem cell therapy may be considered for people who require an alternative approach to established procedures. It may be suitable for patients aged 18 to 75 or children in special circumstances, whose condition is stable enough to undergo treatment.

The first stage is to book a consultation with a qualified medical practitioner, who will assess your medical history in order to potentially make a pre-approval application. A multi-disciplinary panel of experts will then consider your application.

If you application is approved, you will then be invited undergo a full health screening and detailed tests to ensure stem cell treatment is an appropriate approach for you. Provided you pass the assessment criteria, you may then begin treatment.


WHAT DOES TREATMENT INVOLVE?

Patients generally require a preparation period that may involve a number of procedures to ensure your regenerative system is at its most receptive. The stem cells can typically then be injected into the body, which depending on the nature of your condition can either be done intravenously or by intra-tissue injection; or a combination of both.


WHERE DO THE STEM CELLS COME FROM?

The stem cells may be either 'autologous' or 'allogeneic' and are contained in a prescription created by a regulated medical supplier. Autologous stem cells are processed after being harvested from tissue within the patient's own body, whereas allogeneic stem cells are cultured in a laboratory from a donated source. The prescription is then transferred into the patient.


HOW ARE STEM CELLS REGULATED?

Stem cell therapies are classed as nouvelle treatments or 'specials', which are a permissible category of medicines that are available to meet the clinical needs of an individual patient.

We work with LifePlus Stem Cells, who are regulated to sell and market pure stem cells products as an unlicensed medicine in accordance with quality and safety standards under its own HTA and MHRA licences (The Human Tissue Act 2004 and associated regulation/The Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007 (as amended).

The progress of stem cell patients is carefully monitored and we have a regulatory duty to report any relevant findings to the Royal Free Hospital in London, with a view to stem cell therapy becoming a standardised licensed treatment.

ABOUT DR KHAN AND DR TEE

The Cellular & Regenerative practice in Harley Street was co-founded by Dr Aamer Khan, author of the forthcoming book, 'Aesthetic Treatments in Regenerative Medicine: Stem Cells, Stromal Vascular Fraction, Platelet Rich Plasma, and Platelet Rich Fibrin.'

Dr Aamer Khan

Qualifying as a doctor at the University of Birmingham in 1986 with an MB ChB (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), Dr Khan completed his postgraduate training in University Hospitals Birmingham. He spent 24 years working within the NHS, including many years in General Practice. In 2010, he retired from the NHS to refine protocols at the Harley Street Skin Clinic.

Dr Mike Tee

Dr Mike Tees MB, BChir, BSc (Hons), DLO, DRCOG, MRCGP, is a Cambridge medical grad and has racked up over 25 years of experience in the medical profession. Dr Tee is well regarded as an expert in Dermal Fillers, PRP, Thread Lifts, Mole Removal & dermatological minor surgery.

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Stem cells restore blood-forming cells in people who have had them destroyed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Blood-forming stem cells are vital as they differentiate into other types of blood cells.

In a stem cell transplant, the patient receives blood-forming cells via injection somewhere in the body. Once they enter the bloodstream, they travel to the bone marrow where they replace cells destroyed by treatment.

In some types of leukemia and in multiple myeloma, stem cells can work against cancer directly.

This is due to an effect dubbed 'graft-versus-tumour' which can occur after allogeneic transplants (from a donor). This occurs when white blood cells from the donor attack cancer cells which remain in the body after strong treatments. This improves the chance of success for treatments.

After high-dose chemotherapy, lymphoma sufferers are given either the autologous (from the self) or allogeneic (donated) stem cells to help bone marrow recover. Not only this, but they can develop into new immune cells that recognise the patient’s lymphoma cells as foreign which can aid in the fight against it.

Stem cell treatment for lymphoma increases the chance of a longer-lasting remission.

Stem cell treatment for cancer comes soon after a high dose of chemo, sometimes along with radiation therapy, to allow the patient to recover from the lost bone marrow stem cells.

The goal is that over time, the transplanted cells will settle and make healthy new blood cells.

No, patients needn't worry as stem cell treatment is not considered painful in the slightest. This is because local anaesthetic is used to ensure there is no pain felt during the injection process.

Quite the contrary, in fact. Stem cells can actually boost a patient’s tolerance to various other treatments for cancer and reduce side effects suffered as a result.

About The Harley Street Skin Clinic

The award winning clinic dedicated to helping you be your best self

We understand that deciding to go forward with cosmetic treatment can feel like a huge decision. One that we certainly wouldn't expect you to go ahead with without hearing a little bit about us first. Here is exactly why people around the world are happy to put their trust into Harley Street Skin Clinic.

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Quality & Safety is our Culture

Since 2004, Harley Street Skin has been on speed dial to some of the world's highest flyers thanks to the expertise of cosmetic tour de force, Dr. Aamer Khan and wife Lesley Reynolds.

With their flagship clinic based on the world’s most famous medical strip, Harley Street Skin quickly became a medical and cosmetic frontrunner, drumming up a pristine professional reputation and impressive roster of celebrity clientele. The clinic was in fact so thriving that it gained the attention of television network SkyOne, becoming the focus of hit documentary series Stitch Me, Lift Me, Tuck Me.

Offering an expansive range of both surgical and non-surgical treatments, Harley Street Skin are renowned worldwide for their cosmetic precision, expertise and minimally invasive techniques. From top of the line body sculpting treatments and cosmetic contouring to breast enhancement and discreet anti-ageing lifts, Harley Street experts offer the A-list experience from consultation through to aftercare.

But that's not all. Harley Street Skin are also pioneering skincare specialists, offering solutions to everything from anti-ageing and resurfacing, to colour correction and hydration.

Carefully formulating the perfect regime for even the most stubborn and unusual of skin complaints, Harley Street Skin boast an acclaimed skin care range frequently making an appearance in beauty mag must-haves, health and lifestyle columns, and celebrity handbags around the world.

With highly skilled practitioners, doctors and surgeons on hand at every turn, Harley Street Skin can help you attain the aesthetic you've been dreaming of - whatever your cosmetology needs.

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