Transplantation of allogenic and autologous haematopoietic stem cells in haematologic, cancerous diseases and in immune system disorders

In a large paper, 17 haematologists from 16 European haematology centres (Stockholm, Barcelona(2), Paris(2), Ankara, Genoa, Würzburg, Basel, London(2), Leipzig, Geneva, Florence, Maastricht, Hamburg) point out a major increase in cord and peripheral blood stem cell transplants in last years.

They present the number of diseases in curing in 2005 whereby allogenic and autologous transplants were used. Among disorders, which are cured with autologous transplants, there are Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, various kinds of Lymphoma, Hodgkin Disease, Multiple Myeloma, reproductive cancer cells and Neuromas. There are clinical trials on the effectivity of stem cells transplants in autoimmune diseases. The authors claim that umbilical cord blood is a good source of haematopoietic stem cells.