Hematopoietic Stem Cell Therapy for MS on the NHS
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MS is a degenerative neurological condition that currently is treated with disease slowing therapies and symptom relief only. As it is a chronic life long condition this is very expensive
HSCT is the only scientifically proven treatment that STOPS underlying disease progression in all types of MS and other autoimmune diseases it restores normal immune self-tolerance and produces lasting curative symptomatic improvement for the majority of MS patients. To date over 2,000 patients have been treated world wide, and the number continues to rise daily. However it only available in a very few locations within the U.K. and many people have to pay tens of thousands of pounds for treatment overseas.
This treatment needs to be available on the NHS to all who suffer with MS and deserve the opportunity to have their lives back. Many will be able to return to work Or work for longer hours and pay their taxes. This would increase revenue for central government and in turn reduce the benefits bill.
It makes perfect sense for the individual, NHS budgets and the economy.
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