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A 39-year-old member asked:

Are stem cell transplants for multiple myeloma effective?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 46 years experience
Yes.: Autologous stem cells transplants (from yourself as donor when in near remission) result in improved progression free survival and probably overall survival. Allogeneic transplant (from someone else) is more complex, and many would consider it experimental. Although the procedure may cure the disease, there are significant complications and risks that may offset the benefits.

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Are stem cell transplants safe?

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Dr. Mark Johnson
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Yes...so far: While current data does not indicate use of adult stem cells, more appropriately called progenitor cells, is dangerous, it is also true that there has been insufficient time to evaluate long term risks. Embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells have risk of inducing cancers including teratomas.
Last updated Dec 17, 2016

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