Body parts never grow back, or so we thought. Now, scientists have devloped a revolutionary surgical treatment that could help with breast regrowth among breast cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomies.
While it may be three years before the breast regrowth treatment is fully developed, human trials for the procedure will soon begin, which involves inserting a biodegradable chamber into the patient’s chest. According to The Guardian, the chamber is contoured to match the woman’s breast shape, and contains stem cells from her own fat tissue to aid in breast regrowth—the cells should divide and grow to recreate the permanent fat found in breasts.
“We are hoping to move on to other organs using the same principle – a chamber that protects and contains cells as they grow and they restore their normal function. So it is a pretty major leap for regenerative surgery and medicine,” says Phillip Marzella, of the Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery.