So I have some questions on stem cell transplants. Do they do the harvest even if you don't need one yet just to have or do they wait till you need one and then do the harvest? I'm just wondering when my Dr said you need to get a stem cell transplant team together just in case you need one. She said you don't want to have to find one when you actually need it. So I was wondering if it meant I would just meet with them and they would have my records or what. And yes I know next time I see her I… read more
Colleen, I was told that the earlier the better. Sometimes the more chemo you have the harder it is to harvest. So go ahead and get some in the freezer. It gives you more options down the road. Even if you don't want a transplant now.🌼 that's what I think anyway 💗
I think it’s smart to have the stem cells stored for you.
The harvesting is a process but doing it will help you avoid stress down the road. I needed the transplant and my team harvested double the amount so I could store the extra ones if I had a relapse.
I hope I don’t need them!
I had my stem cell transplant in June 2016, best thing I could of done for myself. If memory serves me right, yes they harvested my own stem cells ahead of the scheduled time of the transplant. They will build a team around you & make it a very positive experience. My experience went well & I felt like they were very available to meet & answer any questions or concerns that you might have!
Colleen Donnelly, I had my transplant in September of 2019 and my doctors decide it was best for me to have. After 12 week radiation& 14 chemo . My oncology didn't do my transplant and link up with best Houston had and he great at transplant...they took everything from me so I didn't need a donor.. Which is great for me...look into do some research but your choice to make.. Life span is greater and you have to stay in hospital between 11-15 days. You get sick of food they have a wonderful selection .. It takes about 2-4 hrs for transplant it's in your IV so I thought they had to operate on me... The most painful thing Lord is the bone biopsy. So its a year remission for me and I'm thankful they keep tell me me numbers are great and I'm keep on praying...Talk to your Dr see what's best for you...
My insurance wouldn't let me harvest stem cells unless I was being scheduled for a transplant.
I've had MM for 17 yrs.
12 yrs of that was,miraculously, w/no progression.
I had my SCT in Jan. Was rough going for me, but day by day, I got through it with peace that only God gives.
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