MS Stem Cell

Could this be a miraculous stem cell cure? After eleven years of suffering this MS mum can now return to a normal life.

In 2004 then just 28, Lucie started to lose sight in her right eye. Her balance was starting to go and she knew something was wrong but she never dreamed it was M.S. Surrounded by family and friends Lucie buckled down to fight and for ten years she kept her M.S. at bay with a raft of medications but she was going down fast. This led her to a radical solution, a stem cell replacement therapy.

St Vincent's hospital took her on board as a trial patient for a new stem cell/chemotherapy treatment for M.S. Her healthy stem cells were removed and her body bombarded with chemotherapy- 8 hours a day, five days straight.

CEO of M.S. Research Australia Matthew Miles welcomes the promising results from the early stages of this clinical trial, but says there's still a long way to go. It's not a cure, but for Lucie it's turned back the clock 11 years virtually to day 1 of her diagnosis and for the first time she and her young family have hope and a future to look forward to.

MS Research Australia position statement on our website regarding AHSCT www.msra.org.au/autologous-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-ahsct-ms