Melbourne: A new stem cell therapy developed by Melbourne scientists could help women regrow their breasts after cancer surgery.Doctors at the Bernard O`Brien Institute of Microsurgery will start the trial for new technique called Neopec in coming months.
According to lead researcher Wayne Morrison, after successfully trialling the procedure on pigs, he was about 50 percent sure it would work in humans.````If it works it will be great, but we can`t be sure that it will yet,” the Age quoted Professor Morrison as saying.The new chief executive of the operation, Dr Peter Mountford, said if the trial was successful, by 2013 he would offer the procedure to women in Australia, Europe and south-east Asia who had had a partial mastectomy, defects of previous reconstructions or congenital deformities.And the cosmetic market would come next.``By 2015, Neopec will be able to provide full breast reconstruction and by 2020, in conjunction with a global partner, it will provide a natural alternative to women within the burgeoning breast augmentation market,`` said Mountford.He said the procedure would be marketed at a premium price to implants currently on the market because it would be safer and more natural than the insertion of foreign materials.Once perfected, it would also involve only one procedure and a shorter hospital stay than existing implantation methods. ANI
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