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Can you live a long life after stem cell transplant?

Can you live a long life after stem cell transplant?

A stem cell transplant may help you live longer. In some cases, it can even cure blood cancers. About 50,000 transplantations are performed yearly, with the number increasing 10% to 20% each year. More than 20,000 people have now lived five years or longer after having a stem cell transplant.

How long can stem cells be saved?

Stem cells which have been cryogenically preserved remain viable for decades. It has been confirmed that cord blood stem cells were still viable after being frozen 23+ years.

When was the first successful stem cell transplant?

The first allogeneic transplantation was performed by E. Donnall Thomas in 1957. Since then the field has evolved and expanded worldwide.

Can stem cells keep you alive forever?

Human embryonic stem cells are considered to be immortal: they do not age, they can proliferate indefinitely, and form any tissue of the organism. As such, they do not accumulate damaged proteins like the ones related with diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s.

Where is stem cell stored?

These cells can be taken from the brain, bone marrow, fat, blood, blood vessels, skeletal muscles, skin and liver. Umbilical cord blood, cord tissue and the placenta are the richest sources of perfectly matched stem cells that your baby will ever have access to.

Do stem cells expire?

The maximum storage time for cord blood stem cells is a moving target. However, scientists have reported that cryogenically preserved cells have no expiration date, and frozen cord blood possibly can be stored indefinitely.

Do stem cells make you younger?

Increased wear and tear of the body’s natural stem cells, increases cellular damage, and accelerate the natural process of aging. The introduction of “youthful” stem cells into the human body can rejuvenate existing cells and allow the body to age more gracefully & even reverse some effects of the aging process.

How did I get a stem cell transplant?

At about this time, the doctors started telling me about a stem cell transplant. My transplant physician, Dr. John Koreth, explained that it would give me the best chance of recovery. My brother and two sisters were tested to see if the stem cells in their bone marrow were a match for mine and could be used for the transplant.

Can a 12 year old have a stem cell transplant?

My 12 year old Grandson had ALCL and is just 60 days into his stem transplant.Its good to hear you are on the mend I have taken your post as a positive one and am hopefull for my Grandson after reading your post.I wish you all the best.x

How is life after a stem cell transplant?

I had a stem cell transplant a long time ago now, it was after many rounds of chemo/radiotherapy. It was to treat non Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and I am very lucky in that now I don’t have non Hodgkin’s lymphoma any more. So I am alive, and this is a wonderful thing, but my body has never recovered.

Who is the best person to donate stem cells to?

Donating stem cells or bone marrow to a relative. A brother or sister is most likely to be a match. There is a 1 in 4 chance of your cells matching.

When did I get my stem cell transplant?

Just over a year earlier, at the age of 57, I had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a diagnosis that turned my life upside down and led to weeks of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC).

Where can I get autologous stem cells for a transplant?

The 2 general sources of stem cells that can be used in an autologous stem cell transplant are: Peripheral blood stem cells. These are collected from your bloodstream through a process called apheresis (a-feh-REE-sis).

Who was my oncologist during my stem cell transplant?

My oncologist, Dr. David Steensma, and the nurses at DF/BWCC were amazing; they helped me through every phase of treatment, offering encouragement and letting me know what to expect. I also was fortunate to have a great support network. My husband, three grown sons, sisters, brother, and friends all spent time with me during my hospital stay.

What happens to the cells after a stem cell transplant?

After your stem cells are harvested, you’ll get high doses of chemotherapy or a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This is called conditioning. The high-dose treatment kills cancer cells, but also eliminates the blood-producing stem cells that are left in your bone marrow.