Concerns about stem cell contamination



February 22, 2019 - 9:42 PM

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 76-year-old male who’s thinking of having fetal stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease. Please tell me your feelings and offer advice on this subject matter? — S.C.


ANSWER: I am frequently asked about stem cell treatment, and my answer is usually that the theory makes sense and preliminary results are encouraging, but further research is necessary before I (by nature, a conservative physician) feel comfortable advising it for various conditions, including Parkinson’s disease.

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