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are stem cell transplants for multiple myeloma effective?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
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.
Answered on Dec 17, 2016
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Try this link: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/autologous-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-in-multiple-myeloma.

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