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12 years 3 weeks ago #16424 by Dale50
Recently I saw a news special on one of the major networks about Stem-Cell research and they said in France they had successfully grown 10 bladders and transplanted them into grown humans. It is in the early stages but think that not long ago Neo-Bladders like mine were not done and so hope does exist!

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12 years 4 weeks ago #16343 by Lost in the Fog
One scientist developing the process specifically mentioned bladder cancer patients when he talked of who could benefit in the future, if the technology is successful. So hopefully it's not just children with Spina Bifida who would benefit.

From what I've read, the problem with the new bladders is the patients still have to use a catheter. But they hope to solve this problem too. This would theoretically make a better neo bladder or pouch than colon tissue since the colon tissue is considered too absorptive (is that a word?)

It's amazing what they are doing now. Last year I needed extensive gum grafting but didn't have the tissue for a transplant, so they sewed in a cellular matrix (donor tissue) into my remaining gums and then over 3 months my body took over the matrix and grew gum (cells)... quite a dramatic change. I had no idea that was possible.

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12 years 4 weeks ago #16341 by Zachary
That was an interesting article--I remember well, and just looked it up to remind myself what exactly it said.

One huge difference between the children and us is that the children received bladders grown from their own bladder cells. Our own bladders are not, of course, good candidates for cell-harvesting since we have already been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

http://www.childrenshospital.org/newsroom/Site1339/mainpageS1339P1sublevel198.html

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12 years 4 weeks ago #16339 by harleygirl
I read an article in our local paper about 7 children who had "grown" new bladders by having a piece of a bladder implanted and they were all alive and well as young adults with bladders in tact.

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12 years 4 weeks ago #16338 by Julie
The last I read about the lab grown bladder was it was not a good bladder. It may have a bladder shape but does not function well enough. It is good to have research into bladder replacements however I think this route will take quite a few years.

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12 years 4 weeks ago #16333 by grampadonut
and i was saying..where we 5yrs ago in cancer research ?
and having faith in clincal tairls and whats in the "pipeline"

i agree..i dont think i'll wait till they grow me a new bladder ! :-)

take care my friend


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