In this episode of Breakthrough Medicine, experts from the University of Miami's Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) use adult stem cells to repair organs and save lives. A heart attack victim receives his own stem cells in hopes of repairing his damaged heart muscle, and after all other methods have failed, patients with chronic wounds turn to a revolutionary study that heals broken skin.
Can you be saved by your own cells? Watch to find out how unlocking the powers of adult stem cells is changing medicine
Liver transplants are now standard therapy for selected HCC patients, but members of the UM/Jackson team know too well that about 20 percent of transplant patients -- 15 percent at the Miami Transplant Institute -- with primary liver cancer end up dying from a recurrence of the cancer in the replacement liver. The reason, they believe, is that cancer cells remain in the bloodstream even when the tumors are removed or destroyed, or the diseased organ replaced.