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RE: [IP] This from Diabetes in Control



Sue,

>If you are going to
require anti-rejection medication anyway, it makes sense to get a
pancreas or beta-cell transplant say, along with a kidney transplant.

What's a beta-cell transplant?

Also, I read that for the Edmonton whatever-it-was-called, when they put the
islet cells in the liver, that they developed and used an anti-rejection
drug that was much less problematic/severe than the anti-rejection drugs
required in full pancreatic transplant. Haven't heard recently how the
Edmonton people are doing, though.

Marcia

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:email @ redacted]On Behalf Of Sue Ann Bowling
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 1:26 PM
To: email @ redacted
Subject: RE: [IP] This from Diabetes in Control

Islet cell transplants are not a "cure" any more than is a kidney or
heart transplant.  They require anti-rejection medications for the
rest of the patient's life.  Further, if the body's immune system has
already homed in on pancreas beta cells as not-self, there is a good
chance it will also home in on the transplanted islet cells and
destroy them, in spite of anti-rejection meds.  If you are going to
require anti-rejection medication anyway, it makes sense to get a
pancreas or beta-cell transplant say, along with a kidney transplant.
But it is not a cure in the sense of restoration to normal health
without the need for ongoing medication.
--
Sue Ann Bowling, North Pole, Alaska
http://mosquitonet.com/~sbowling (general)
http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/DogPage.html (dogs)
http://climate.gi.alaska.edu/Bowling/Bowling.html (professional--retired)
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