Autologous Stem Cell Transplant for Multiple Myeloma

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Can Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Cure Multiple Myeloma?

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It’s not a cure, but it can help you feel better and maybe live longer. Autologous transplants use your own healthy stem cells. About half of people with multiple myeloma can have this type of transplant. It’s considered standard care. It can keep myeloma at bay for a while, even years. But eventually, cancer comes back. Key word: autologous stem cell transplant multiple myeloma
No it will no cure the disease. Although many individuals have had positive results, not everyone is that fortunate. My husband had his own cells harvested which only confused me. Why put those diseased cell right back into your body? But that they did... The high does chemo itself nearly killed him. I have never seen anyone as sick as him. The chemo did kill all the bad cells but it also killed all the good. He never ever recovered the transplant needing transfusion after transfusion of blood and platelets to the point it was every other day for one or the other. Following his initial diagnosis and 6 months of chemo he went into remission. That's when we decided to go for the transplant. 15 months from the transplant he was gone. I wonder had he not had the transplant and opted for maintenance chemo instead if he would still be here. God bless anyone having to deal with this disease be it the patient or family member or members. It's truly heartbreaking... Watch out for the possible "False hope" offered by your doctors and weight your options very carefully!