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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

It is possible to slow down the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis with cell therapy.

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Slowing down the development of ALS and improving the quality of life

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Stem cell treatment of ALS

In amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the central and peripheral motoneurons are destroyed. The main symptoms of the disease: disorders of motor activity; muscle weakness; atrophy.
Usually, lesions in ALS are generalized, even in the absence of clinical manifestations, electroneuromyography reveals degenerative changes. Patients develop paralysis of the upper and lower limbs; speech, swallowing, breathing, heartbeat dysfunction, etc.
Therapy is aimed at stopping the progression of the disease. Methods of treatment of ALS are still being studied. Popular in 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge was created to raise funds for the study of ALS.
Our team is doing everything possible to make the symptoms of the disease milder. We propose the use of a combination of mesenchymal stem cells from adipose tissue (MSCs of adipose tissue) and multipotent stem cells derived from the nerve crest (HF NCSCs).
Therapy includes endolumbar, intravenous drip, and topical administration of cells. The injection should be repeated every six months.

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ALS treatment at GOOD CELLS

This treatment is indicated for patients over 18 y.o. with diagnosed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
oncological diseases or their presence in the anamnesis for the last five years; pregnancy; mental disorders; alcohol and drug addiction.

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Cell therapy program for slowing down ALS

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can differentiate into endoderm and ectoderm derivatives, including neurons and glial cells.Therefore, MSCs are constantly being studied as a potential tool for treating pathologies whose pharmacological treatment gives poor results. Such diseases include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
The following properties of MSCs have already been proven: immunomodulatory; anti-inflammatory; antiapoptotic; ability to stimulate neurogenesis and angiogenesis; homing — going to the affected areas of the body.
The cell therapy we offer can stop the development of ALS. Explicit results are observed on average six months after the introduction of MSCs.

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The treatment process

  • 1. Consultation with a manager

    Contact our managers to help arrange a free online consultation with your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and details to make sure that this treatment is suited for you.

  • 2. Consultation with a doctor 

    A personal consultation with a doctor is an opportunity for you to find out all details of the program and get an individual prognosis. All the medical information you provide will be carefully reviewed so that you get the most effective treatment. The procedures take place in our clinical institutions in Kyiv, Ukraine.
    The course of the treatment is developed individually and lasts from 3 days.

  • 3. Checkup

    During the checkup, the doctor assesses your readiness for cell therapy. If the assessment is positive, biological materials are taken. Depending on your doctor's recommendations, you may be prescribed your own* or donor stem cells.

    * If you are prescribed the treatment with your own cells, you will have an ear punch biopsy performed under anesthesia in an operating room. The procedure lasts for 15 minutes. The punch depth is up to 4 mm, and the diameter is up to 3 mm.

  • 4. Preparation of the stem cell product

    OWN CELLSAfter the biomaterials are collected, our team of biotechnologists will prepare a therapeutic dose of stem cells. In our laboratory, we will select stem cells from your sample, grow the required number of cells, test them, then create a stem cell product for your treatment. Usually, the production takes up to 21 days.
    DONOR CELLSAccording to the doctor's prescription, the biotechnologist will select a ready-made and pre-tested sample of donor cells from our cryobank in the required quantity. In this case, cell injection can happen immediately after diagnosis and drug preparation.

  • 5. Start of treatment

    During the first visit, you will consult a doctor and have instrumental, clinical, and laboratory checkups. If the doctor needs to clarify the disease and its course, you may be prescribed needle electromyography or stimulation combined with a needle. If necessary, you may be offered additional MRIs.

    Based on the results of the checkup, the doctor may prescribe the drug therapy by intravenous infusion and intramuscular injection.

  • 6. Injection of the cellular product, the regeneration phase

    The doctor may prescribe endolumbar injection, intravenous cell therapy, and local injection of cells. It is recommended to repeat the injection once every 6 months.

  • 7. Medical report and reducing of the basic treatment

    You will be provided with a medical assessment report that states the diagnosis, the examination results (clinical, laboratory, and instrumental), the treatment process, and further recommendations. The doctor will examine you, select the necessary treatment, or adjust the one prescribed to you at the time of arrival at the clinic.

  • 8. Keeping in touch

    The results can be observed in 6 months after the treatment — you will see the improvement of the regenerative processes in the body.

    Throughout the program, you will have a personal manager who will ensure the best communication between you and the clinic. After treatment, our patients are advised to maintain contact with us. We'll ask you to fill out a questionnaire in 3 and 6 months after the treatment to evaluate the progress and answer all questions.

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Scientific evidence

The study by Barczewska M. et al. showed that intrathecal administration of umbilical cord MSCs in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis prolongs life expectancy mainly twice compared to patients who did not receive cell therapy (1183 days vs. 640 days, p = 0.002).
The incidence of deaths decreased by 70% in the group that received umbilical cord MSCs, compared to the control group. In 21 of 67 (31.3%) patients, the rate of ALSFRS-R decreased. In addition, the researchers identified the parameters by which cell therapy would be appropriate and bring good results: female gender and a good response to the first administration of MSCs. These conditions are strong predictors of better outcomes during subsequent treatment of umbilical cord MSCs.
The results of the publication can be found here:
Barczewska, M., Maksymowicz, S., Zdolińska-Malinowska, I. et al. Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: an Original Study. Stem Cell Rev and Rep 16, 922–932, 2020.

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  • At what stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis development is effective cell therapy?

    Cellular therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis should be started as soon as possible after diagnosis to achieve better treatment results. Stem cells help to slow down the development of the disease and reduce the symptoms.

  • Is it necessary to combine cell therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis with standard treatment?

    Cell therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is not a contraindication to standard treatment. They can be held in parallel with each other. Medications can also be combined with cell therapy.

  • What actual improvements can be obtained due to the cell therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis treatment?

    Stopping the process can be considered an improvement in the use of cell therapy in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In 3-6 months after cellular therapy the patient's condition is assessed, the presence of the disease and the increase in symptoms is checked. If there is no deterioration, then it is considered to be a positive effect of cell therapy, and the possibility of further therapy is considered. In case of deterioration and development of the disease, other treatment options are considered.

  • What are the side effects of using stem cells to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

    Common side effects from cell therapy include possible fever for several days, headaches for up to 7 days, and general weakness. There are also some risks associated with the procedure itself, such as endolumbar stem cell injection.

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Do you have any questions left?

Please contact us, our managers are always ready to answer your questions. Consultation by phone is completely free and does not oblige you to anything.We will be happy to provide you with comprehensive information so that you could make the right choice!