Pattie and I just finished posting the second half of a two part series about using umbilical cord blood for stem cell transplantation. The article’s primary focus is leukemia, but the principles apply to multiple myeloma as well. A dear friend of ours, Steve Joachim, successfully completed a cord blood stem cell transplant (SCT)last year. Steve had exhausted his other myeloma therapy options–an allogeneic, or donor SCT seemed like his last, best hope. I write about Steve in my book, Living with Multiple Myeloma, in the chapter titled “Stem Cell Transplant?”:
“Steve had already survived one stem cell transplant. But he didn’t have enough stored cells to complete transplant number two. Steve has three brothers, but no one in his family was an acceptable match. His oncologist hoped to find an unrelated donor.”
A donor was never found. Fortunately for Steve, a good match was discovered in England. Steve is alive and well today–a living testimonial to the life saving possibilities of using cord blood stem cells. Click on Stem Cell Cord Blood Transplants Improved link to read more. And of course, you could always order my book, Living with Multiple Myeloma, from our Help With Cancer.Org Bookstore, which features a comprehensive look at SCT options, risks and rewards.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat