Stem cells play a vital role in the production of blood – and in offering cures to people with blood disorders or certain cancers. They are immature blood cells found in the bone marrow and blood that can literally mature into all types of blood cells, such as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
Stem cell transplants are used to give back stem cells when the bone marrow has been destroyed by disease, chemotherapy (chemo), or radiation. At the office of Hematology/Oncology of the North Shore, our professionals are experts in treating blood cancers and non-cancerous blood disorders. We use the latest technology and information to diagnose your condition and if a stem cell transplant is recommended, rest assured you will be in the best of hands, as we will take the time to listen to your concerns and work to ensure the very best outcome for you.
In some cancers, such as certain leukemia, myeloma and some forms of lymphoma, a stem cell transplant can be an important part of treatment. High doses of chemo (sometimes along with radiation), work better than standard doses to kill cancer cells. But high doses can also kill all the stem cells and cause the bone marrow to completely stop making blood cells, which we need to live. This is where stem cell transplants come in. The transplanted stem cells replace the body’s stem cells after the bone marrow and its stem cells have been destroyed by treatment. There are different types of stem cell transplants based on whether the patient’s own stem cells or a donor’s stem cells are used
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At the office of Hematology/Oncology of the North Shore, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care for blood disorders and cancer. For more information on the many services we provide, give us a call today.
By Hematology/Oncology of the North Shore
January 29, 2020