New research and breakthroughs in medicine cast a promising light for all MS patients. Listen as Dr. Balashov and his patient Deirdre discuss the latest in science and the key to living a prosperous life even if it's with MS.
I guess what I would like to tell you and other patients, we have
had significant progress with our understanding of Multiple Sclerosis and
treatment options. Let's go back to 1992 when your mother was diagnosed with
MS. At that time, we had no single drug available for patients with MS.Now, in
February, 2014, we have 11 drugs approved and more drugs are coming and it's my
sincere hope that in the next 10, 20 years, we'll be able to understand what's
causing MS and come up with a cure which will be helping not only you but also
other patients suffering from this disease.
That would be wonderful.
Do we have a hope for patients with Multiple Sclerosis? This is a
key and very important question. Once, I was told by my former mentor that we
always need to give hope to the patient. This is critical because we don't want
to have a patient depressed. We want the patient to be active and fight his or
her disease. We hope that in this century, we'll figure out what's causing
Multiple Sclerosis and this will bring us a cure. For example, now there are
multiple studies for stem-cell therapy. Our again, the key question is figure
out what's causing Multiple Sclerosis.
I'm hopeful about a lot of things. I know there's a lot of great
research going on. I recently had the privilege of touring the laboratory up at
Rutgers where they're doing spinal research. They're doing great work. I mean
they're on it. I'm encouraged and I do think that we will see the end to things
like, you know, MS and there'll be a turnaround, you know, you'll regain your
We have 400,000 patients with Multiple Sclerosis in the United
States still we don't know what causes it. As such, we don't have a cure. So
again, I dream that one day we will discover the cause of MS and we'll come up
with a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.So, thank you very much for sharing your
story with us. I hope to see you soon in the clinic and please continue to stay
positive and inspire other people.
Thank you. I will and hopefully, when I see you, it'll just be a
check-in to say, "Hey, I'm doing great."
No news, good news.
No news is good news.
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