If there are problems in the body – e.g. with different organs and tissues – let’s just change these organs. This paradigm becomes more and more popular these days and numerous efforts have been made to increase the simplicity, safety and most of all availability of organ transplantation replacement methods.
It can indeed be a very successful alternative for treatment of different diseases in the [sooner than we think-] future. Today, transplantation as a medical procedure has a lot of drawbacks but it can become much more safe and efficient with time. Such extension as autotransplantation (the transplantation of organs, tissues, or even particular proteins from one part of the body to another in the same person) already today opens new horizons in health care. Just imagine that in the future a visit to a transplantologist will be considered nearly as usual as a visit to dentist. The future is [almost] here, and we have already seen a technology trigger for this one: please, welcome – David Rockefeller who successfully underwent his sixths heart transplantation at age 99!
«Every time I get a new heart, it is like the breath of life is swept across my body. I feel reenergized and alive» he told reporters.
In liver cancer for instance, transplantation of a new healthy liver is one of the most curative therapies (see our e-book Liver cancer: current status and treatment options). Unfortunately, many patients with liver cancer today don’t get even one single chance to a new liver.
Sure, the transplantation will not solve every health problem in the future, but it will certainly take a big niche.
But what can be an even better alternative?
I have yet another idea. [To be continued]