Seeking Alternatives: Stem Cells and Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease can make everyday tasks difficult to manage and often forces patients to make lifestyle changes to accommodate disease progression. Singer and songwriter Neil Diamond has just announced his own retirement due to the effects of Parkinson’s on his ability to perform. A loss for the music world and his many fans, this recent announcement is one of several high profile celebrities who have had to step back from their career due to Parkinson’s Disease, including Michael J. Fox and Mohammad Ali.
Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s, a disease of the central nervous system, and treatment is often palliative in nature with the goal of enabling the best possible quality of life for patients and mitigating symptoms. Treatment can range from medications to surgical options such as deep brain stimulation (DBS) for those with severe tremors. In most cases, patients experience a slow progression of disease with the eventual need for assistance with daily life. Parkinson’s can have a devastating impact on both the physical and emotional health of patients and their families.
Stem Cells and Parkinson’s Disease: How Does It Work?
Parkinson’s Disease is degenerative in nature, making treatment with stem cell therapy* an evolving alternative to standard treatment protocols. Stem cells, specifically Adipose Derived Stem Cells (ADSC’s) harvested from a patient’s own fat cells, can target damaged tissue and stimulate healthy cell growth for a possible reduction in symptoms.
Scientists have identified the failure of substantia nigra cells, which produce dopamine, in the brain as a primary factor in the symptoms of Parkinson’s, the cause of which is still being researched. This loss of these dopamine-producing neurons impacts the brain’s ability to coordinate movement. At the Center for Regenerative Cell Medicine in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Todd Malan has been on the forefront of implementing an FDA approved study utilizing stem cell therapy for the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease by targeting these specific cells. Using a specific protocol that aims to maximize transport of injected SVF cells across the blood-brain barrier, Dr. Malan can offer patients the opportunity to participate in a study that may reduce or reverse disease progression as newly generated cells begin to produce dopamine in the brain and allow the brain to function more normally in the coordination of movement.
This alternative treatment option can be administered in our Scottsdale office in one visit for the majority of patients. All aspects of the treatment, including harvesting of fat cells, can be completed as an outpatient procedure using a local anesthetic.
Schedule A Consultation
To learn more about alternative experimental treatment options for Parkinson’s Disease using advanced stem cell therapy, contact the Center for Regenerative Cell Medicine. Our Scottsdale medical facility is convenient to Phoenix and welcomes patients from around the world seeking Dr. Malan’s expertise and experience with using stem cell therapies and trials. To schedule a consultation, arrange a video consult or discuss travel arrangements, contact us at (480) 400-8506 or request an appointment online.
*Note: For the investigational use of Adipose Derived Stem Cells (ADSC’s) for clinical research and deployment.