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Canada to Fund Clinical Trials for MS Liberation Therapy CCSVI

Liberation Treatment Clinical
Trials in Canada

 

The Canadian government has announced that is will fund clinical trials into the multiple sclerosis treatment, known as the "liberation therapy".

Developed by Dr. Paolo Zamboni, the liberation treatment is based on the theory that chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) reduces blood flow and allows iron deposits to build up in the brain. The treatment uses balloon angioplasty to unblock the narrowed neck veins in the hope of alleviating MS symptoms.

Due to the controversy surrounding both the condition and the treatment, the liberation therapy has not been funded by different levels of the Canadian government. Many Canadians have traveled to medical clinics overseas to have the procedure. However, patients have called upon the government for many months to fund this treatment.

In Canada, Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials now will proceed. Phase 1 will test the safety of the procedure. Phase 2 will be a randomized, controlled, double-armed trial during which doctors follow a group receiving the treatment and a group that does not. This will conclusively determine the treatment’s effectiveness, as well as its risks.

Recent clinical trials in other countries have concluded that CCSVI is not a primary cause of MS. Dr. Zamboni’s theory does offer, though, a new approach to MS. Always thought of as an autoimmune disorder, MS now is being treated as a vascular disease.

When interviewed by CTV News, Dr. Zamboni was very encouraged by the announcement of the Canadian clinical trials.

For those who suffer with this unforgiving disease, perhaps there is new hope that this procedure will become more available to those who wish to alleviate their symptoms.

Lady Sharon
Scribe of Camelot

For Up to Date News: Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
For Info on  Canadian MS Research:  Canadian Institutes of Health Research CIHR

Source: CTV News


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