St. Luke’s takes firm stand on stem cell therapies

St. Luke’s Medical Center takes a firm stand on the use of stem cell therapies. Concerned for the well-being of patients, St. Luke’s only endorses and makes available stem cell therapies that have already been established as safe after rigorous, long term clinical research.

According to Dr. Joven R. Cuanang, St. Luke’s SVP for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, “Our institution at this time will use stem cells as a standard treatment only when there is data to show its clinical outcomes, its safety features.”

Over the past few years, stem cell therapies have burgeoned in the Philippines promising virtual cure for a plethora of medical conditions from arresting aging, to improving libido, to healing what were once considered incurable diseases such as cancer or degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis, among others. Facilities that offer stem cell treatments tout stem cell therapy as a panacea for all ailments as they repair, restore, replace and regenerate cells. However, such treatments can be potentially harmful since many of these treatments are still under experiment or they have yet to pass the rigors of clinical trials.

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