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Stem cell transplant is the term commonly used to describe bone marrow transplant and transplants done with stem cells found in the blood. Stem cell transplants offer some patients the possibility of a cure, and others a longer period of disease-free
A stem cell transplant is used for treatment when:
Without stem cells, your body cannot make blood and the components that your immune system needs to function. During stem cell transplant, your body is "rescued" with an infusion of healthy stem cells. The new stem cells grow and produce all of the different
parts of your blood that both your body and your immune system need.
The stem cells used for transplant can come from the bloodstream (peripheral blood), the umbilical cord blood of a newborn, or bone marrow. The decision about the best source of stem cells is complex. Your doctor will decide which method of stem cell
collection should be used for your treatment.
Stem cell transplants are used to treat several types of cancer as well as other blood and immune system diseases. Some diseases treated with stem cell transplant include:
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