Stem Cell Therapy: The Alternative to Knee Replacement / Are there cancer-causing risks associated with adult Stem Cell treatments?

No. While embryonic STEM CELLS have been show to form teratomas (germ cell tumors), there is no data that suggests adult STEM CELLS have the same potential to promote the development of tumors. In fact, a recently published report showed that there was no risk for tumor formation at the site of autologous bone marrow concentrate injection. This is a study of 1,873 patients who were treated for orthopedic diseases with an average follow up of 12.5 years, which includes one group of patients who have no evidence of tumor formation after 22 years.

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