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What is an autologous stem cell transplant and am i a candidate for one?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
Means of treatment: In some cases, the best way to treat the disease, especially if it has come back after initial treatment is to use doses of chemotherapy or radiation which is high enough to destroy normal bone marrow cells. To "rescue" these cells, they are stimulated with drugs before high dose therapy that cause very immature cells called stem cells to enter the blood where they can be collected and given back.
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Autologous stem cell: An autologous stem cell transplant is the process of removing a stem cell source tissue from your own body, isolating the stem cells from that tissue, and reinjecting the isolated cells back into your own body. Only your attending physician or the primary investigator of your study could answer that question! however, the issue is safety and efficacy, as you should not have any rejection issues.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there a centre for autologous stem cell transplantation in mumbai?

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Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
Probably: Asia is amongst the leaders in development of adult stem cell centers and applications.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it reasonable to have second autologous stem cell transplant for myeloma?

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Dr. Timothy Goggins
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Yes: This is a very difficult question today because every situation with myeloma is different. We do not double transplant all myeloma patients like we have done in the past. It is sometimes reasonable if the first was previously successful and donor cells remain. We now have so many treatments for myeloma that sometimes we do an allogeneic transplant or treat with other drugs (velcade, carfilzomab.
A 54-year-old female asked:

I am going to have an autologous stem cell transplant what is my survival rate?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
About 97%: In a standard risk situation only 2-3% of patients die from complications related to the transplant. The intermediate and long term survival is a function of the underlying disease and thus comment is not possible without the entire clinical context.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Life expectancy of myeloma patients after autologous stem cell transplant?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Myeloma : There are many things that go into predicting life expectancy of somebody with myeloma who has an autologous stem cell transplant. The rough estimate for somebody getting a transplant in first remission is about 6-7 years now. However, this is something your oncologist or transplant doctor can talk to you about with more specific information.
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A 27-year-old female asked:

What is the goal/ predicted outcome of autologous stem cell transplantation studies for ms?

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Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Multiple sclerosis : Researchers are optimistic. Yet, no proven efficacy as of yet. Mortality is down to 1-2%. Check following site: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/m/pubmed/18565456/.

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