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Pros and cons of a stem cell transplant?

Pros and cons of a stem cell transplant?

Cure vs toxicity: This depends on the type of transplant (autologous-your own cells; allogeneic-donor cells), the disease that is being treated and the status of the disease. Stem cell transplants do have a higher toxicity than most standard treatments but in many cases can control the underlying cancer for a longer period of time and can cure many cancers that cannot be cured with standard therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Stem Cell Transplantation (Definition)

A stem cell transplant may be needed if you have a disease that damages the cells in the bone marrow or if your received high doses of chemotherapy or radiation. Depending on the type of transplant, your procedure may be called a bone marrow transplant, a cord blood transplant, or a peripheral blood stem cell transplant. All three use stem cells, which are immature cells that give rise to specific cell types. Stem cell transplants are similar to blood transfusions and generally ...Read more


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When is a stem cell transplant used nowadays?

Several diseases: Including acute leukemia, multiple myeloma, some forms of resistant lymphoma, aplastic anemia and a few other rare disorders. ...Read more

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How do I get ready for a stem cell transplant?

How do I get ready for a stem cell transplant?

Information: The best way to prepare is to understand the procedure and potential risks and side effects. Usually your transplant center will have information booklets or videos that explain the procedure. There is a free downloadable resource from nbmt link at: http://www.Nbmtlink.Org/resources_support/rg/index.Htm. ...Read more

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What is stem cell transplantation used for now?

What is stem cell transplantation used for now?

Certain cancers: Blood stem cell or bone marrow transplantation is used to treat certain hematologic malignancies (blood cancers) such as leukemia. They can also be used for bone marrow failure, certain hemoblglobin disorders such as sickle cell anemia, and some genetic disorders. ...Read more

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What kind of stem cell transplant is the most common?

What kind of stem cell transplant is the most common?

Blood stem cells: Stem cell transplants using blood stem cells for conditions such as leukemias and other cancers are the most common stem cell transplants. These transplants use stem cells from the blood or bone marrow. ...Read more

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What is stem cell transplantation's status in the u.S. Now?

What is stem cell transplantation's status in the u.S. Now?

Used non-manipulated: Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Many more mscs in fat than bone marrow making ad-msc the center of most research now. ...Read more

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How long are you out of commission after a stem cell transplant?

It depends.: The recovery from autologous transplant is much quicker than allogeneic transplant, typically 90 days or so. Recovery from allogeneic stem cell transplant is more difficult to predict, as there are more potential complications, a much slower recovery of immune function that requires avoiding crowds and infection risk for a much longer time. Age and pre-transplant status also play a role. ...Read more

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What are some differences between a sibling stem cell transplant?

Unclear question: I don't understand what you are asking. Differences between a sibling stem cell transplant and what? Please ask the question again with more details. ...Read more

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Are there stem cell transplantation therapy trials in the u.S.?

Are there stem cell transplantation therapy trials in the u.S.?

Yes: Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Many more mscs in fat than bone marrow making ad-msc the center of most research now. ...Read more

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Stem cell transplant in latin america possible?

Hospital Angeles: A wide variety of studies utilizing stem cells are being conducted at hospital angeles in tijuana, mexico. I believe this is also the only jhaco approved hospital in mexico. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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Stem Cell (Definition)

The capacity to "grow up" or differentiate to produce mature cellular elements. In blood production rbc, WBC and platelets. Fundamentally, stem cells can also self-replicate and thus provide a pool of ...Read more