Stem Cell Restoration for Chemotherapy

News, Treatment — By on October 26, 2008 at 6:51 am

Stem cell transplantation has emerged as an important treatment for some types of cancer, specifically leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Although the technique faces many obstacles, cancer experts say the technology is steadily improving, allowing for more widespread use and better patient outcomes.

High doses of chemotherapy and radiation for treating cancer damage or destroy cells within the bone marrow called hema-topoietic stem cells, which give rise to the three types of blood cells—red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body, white blood cells that fight infection, and blood-clotting platelets. Stem cell transplantation restores these cells.

Research into potential improvements in stem cell transplantation continues. More than fifty thousand patients worldwide will have a stem cell transplant this year, and it is important to continue to make it safer and better.

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