What is a stem cell?

It is hoped stem cells, and the cells they make, may eventually provide new treatments to help repair or replace damaged and diseased cells in the body.

What is an UNPROVEN stem cell treatment?

Where doctors offer to treat patients without first properly evaluating the proposed treatment and risks, effectively circumventing the clinical trial process

Key signs of an UNPROVEN stem cell treatment are:

Disclaimer: This brochure must not be relied upon as a subsitute for medical and other professional advice. Please seek independent medical advice.

Stem Cell Tourism

What is cell tourism?

Travelling within Australia or overseas to obtain an unproven stem cell treatment.

How does a stem cell treatment become 'proven'?

Assessment of proposed stem cell treatments through clinical trials is used to determine the treatment's safety and effectiveness, with the results published and transparency and further education.

Are there risks with UNPROVEN stem cell treatments?

Yes, complications and even deaths have been reported from unproven stem cell treatments.

Before you make a decision be sure to take the information you gather back to your treating doctors for independent advice onn what is most suitable for you.

Just because a treatment is being offered in Australia does not make it a proven, safe and effective therapy.

How can I assess if a stem cell treatment is UNPROVEN?

The information contained in this brochure is to be used to assist you in your search for more information to then take and discuss with your treating doctors

Disclaimer: This brochure must not be relied upon as a subsitute for medical and other professional advice. Please seek independent medical advice.

Ask about the treatment

Questions to ask a stem cell treatment provider - Is this an UNPROVEN TREATMENT?

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Ask about the procedure

Questions to ask a stem cell treatment provider - Is this an UNPROVEN TREATMENT?

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Ask about medical care

Questions to ask a stem cell treatment provider - Is this an UNPROVEN TREATMENT?


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This checklist has been taken from the Australian Stem Cell Handbook. For more detailed information please go to:

www.stemcellfoundation.net.au/patient-information/handbook

www.closerlookatstemcells.org

www.asscr.org

www.stemcellsaustralia.edu.au

Disclaimer: This brochure must not be relied upon as a subsitute for medical and other professional advice. Please seek independent medical advice.