|husbands lymphoma returned after stem cell transplant
Mar 2, 2001
My husband has NHL for a year and a half. He has had lots of different chemos. He had a stem cell transplant 6 months ago but the cancer has returned. He is currently receiving a chemo every 4 weeks that's given while hospitalized for 3 days. Its the only one that seems to shrink the tumors. The plan is to keep the cancer under control for the next 6 months and then have another transplant, this time using a donor instead of his own stem cells. My question is, what are his chances of this working? and has anyone ever been in a long remission after a second transplant? Is there anything else we can try? Thank you Barbara
Response from Dr. Dezube
Dear Barbara, clearly your husband is in a difficult situation now that his cancer has returned after a stem cell transplant. Occasionally a second transplant works, particularly if it is from a donor instead of his own stem cells. The side effects of a donor transplant may at times be more severe than the original transplant. Many centers are switching to a procedure called "mini-transplant", also known as "transplant-Lite". Without knowing more of the specifics, it's hard to know if your husband is a candidate for such a procedure. These mini-transplants are often better tolerated and are quite effective. These mini-transplants work by harvesting the immune system; however they only work for certain types of lymphoma and a lot depends upon the ability of your husband to get a suitable match. His oncologist should be able to fill you in about this procedure. GOOD LUCK, BD.
Kaposis Sarcoma-Urgent query about spots
use of testosterone
- How Often Do You Need A Hepatitis A Vaccine?
- How Easy Is It For A Man To Get Hiv From A Woman?
- Will A Herpes Outbreak Go Away Without Medication?
- When Would Know If You Have Herpes After Coming In Contact?
- What Are The Chances Of Getting Genital Herpes While Using A Condom?
- Symptoms Of Hpv In The Throat
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.