I thought this was pretty awesome news.
One of the things I find most interesting is it obviously means no donor is needed as the organ is created in a lab. This would mean that in the future when techniques are more advanced, hopefully no one would die waiting for a donor organ to become available. Before receiving my transplant, by time I was transferred to Edinburgh my liver had all but completely failed and I needed a new organ within a matter of hours to live. I still consider myself very lucky that one became available, many patients are not that lucky. Although the liver was not ideal for me, at least I’m still here to tell the tale, albeit by the skin of my teeth at the moment!
Due to the organ being coated in the patients own stem cells the body doesn’t see it as foreign, so won’t try and reject it, therefore no need for immunosupressive drugs, which, as I have learned over the last couple of years can do quite a lot of damage in addition to the more common side effects.
Not only is this progress good for organ transplantation, it saved a patient from dying of cancer. Double wins all round. Hopefully it doesn’t take too many years before they can create/grow most organs like this.
Got to love those stem cells and all the research going into using them.
Just to finish off, I have noticed that this blog has become more about the Lymphoma and my experience with the illness and less of me musing about what happens in a hospital. The ward has been pretty quiet over last week or so with little happening that I thought would be interesting to write about. Hopefully this hasn’t annoyed anyone and it’s still worth reading.