Stem cell research is one of the most dynamic fields of research today and many people have high expectations on it with regard to major health challenges. Although stem cell therapies have so far been tested for only a few diseases, this branch of research has the potential to develop treatment options for a variety of indications over the medium term. However, the resulting hopes, especially of critically ill patients, are being exploited by a large number of providers worldwide: Stem cell-based treatment offers, the efficacy of which has not yet been clinically proven, are offered worldwide – including in Germany – for considerable fees. Family doctors are often the first to be approached by uncertain patients with questions. How do you deal with such questions? What information do patients need in order to make a well-informed decision and how can family doctors position themselves responsibly with their own assessment of the topic?
For this purpose, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has compiled information on the current state of stem cell research for certain diseases and made it available here. There you will find background information on the respective diseases and a rationale for using cell-based therapies as well as information on clinical studies on specific approaches.
Stem Cell Network NRW offers various workshop formats in which family doctors and other interested specialists can inform themselves about the state of research and discuss how to deal with their patients’ expectations. If you are a doctor or a provider of advanced medical training and would like to find out more about this topic, please contact the office of the Stem Cell Network NRW.
9th General Medicine Day Düsseldorf, March 23, 2019