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How are stem cells collected?

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Most stem cells are collected from the bloodstream.

The donor (you or another person) will get a drug that makes cells grow faster and helps them leave the marrow. When enough are in the blood, they’re removed from the donor.

Blood is taken through a tube put into a large vein. It goes through a machine that takes out the stem cells and returns the rest of the blood. Usually, enough are collected for at least two transplants.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is a Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant?”

American Cancer Society: “Stem Cell Transplant for Multiple Myeloma,” “What’s It Like to Get a Stem Cell Transplant?” “What Are Stem Cells and Why Are They Transplanted?” “The Transplant Process.”

OncoLink - Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania: “Autologous Stem Cell Transplant or Bone Marrow Transplant.”

International Myeloma Foundation: “Understanding High-Dose Therapy with Stem Cell Rescue.”

Up-to-Date:  “Patient Information: Multiple Myeloma Treatment (Beyond the Basics),” “Patient information: Bone marrow transplantation (stem cell transplantation) (Beyond the Basics).”

Giralt, S. , May 2014. Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology

Cancer Medicine : “Analysis of long-term survival in multiple myeloma after first-line autologous stem cell transplantation: impact of clinical risk factors and sustained response.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 08, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is a Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant?”

American Cancer Society: “Stem Cell Transplant for Multiple Myeloma,” “What’s It Like to Get a Stem Cell Transplant?” “What Are Stem Cells and Why Are They Transplanted?” “The Transplant Process.”

OncoLink - Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania: “Autologous Stem Cell Transplant or Bone Marrow Transplant.”

International Myeloma Foundation: “Understanding High-Dose Therapy with Stem Cell Rescue.”

Up-to-Date:  “Patient Information: Multiple Myeloma Treatment (Beyond the Basics),” “Patient information: Bone marrow transplantation (stem cell transplantation) (Beyond the Basics).”

Giralt, S. , May 2014. Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology

Cancer Medicine : “Analysis of long-term survival in multiple myeloma after first-line autologous stem cell transplantation: impact of clinical risk factors and sustained response.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 08, 2018

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