Jeff, as it was explained to me, lots of factors need to be considered before going through the SCT. Overall health, response to previous treatments, age, etc. certainly will all be factors. I asked the same exact question you raised and got the same answer from multiple doctors. “The SCT SHOULD put you in a deeper and longer state of remission. I was a 68 year old male in good health, my MM was staged at 2A and I had achieved remission after 5 months of RVD treatment. It was determined I was a good candidate for the transplant. I had the procedure in April of 2018 and it went very well. I was fortunate enough to only spend 2 nights in the hospital and did everything else as an outpatient. It certainly wasn’t pleasant but all in all wasn’t that bad. I did end up with some neuropathy in my feet from the chemo (very irritating but manageable). My decision to have the SCT was a no-brainer (for me) but it certainly wouldn’t be the case for everyone. I hope this helps you. Good luck and God bless, Let me know if You have any questions.
For my husband it was worth it. Without it he would have continued to have lesions that would need to be radiated. Before he could even do stem cell he had to have radiation on his seventh rib (it was painful and fractured his rib), pelvic, and it had eaten a hole in his right femur, resulting in a complete hip replacement.
My doctor tells me the risk is low and the benefits outweigh the risks. I will fight that Dragon when it comes🙏
This percentage includes all cancers including skin cancers. We old people get cancers. The risk of leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome is more common, that's the one I worry about. But it is still a low percentage. We all need to get our routine screenings. Mammograms, colonoscopies, yearly skin checks, PSA checks etc. Jeff, I wonder if you could talk to another doctor so you can weigh her options. There is a section on stem cell transplant on Healthtree university please watch this. It is most helpful. Love and prayers to you both 💜👍🙏
We are at risk for other cancers from our chemo treatments, so I guess it's an individual decision. When I was put on maintenance Rev. the Dr. warned me that there is a risk of other cancers. That one statement stuck in my brain. To be honest, I didn't know that an SCT had that degree of cancer-causing potential. I didn't know there was any degree of that. I know that our immunity is way down with the procedure and that it might not even work for long or ...at all, but I didn't know about the cancer-causing thing. Each case/person is different, that's for darn sure.
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