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autologous stem cell transplant

A bone marrow transplant using stem cells taken from the patient’s own bone marrow. These stem cells are collected and stored at an early disease stage or after treatment that has not controlled the disease. The marrow may be manipulated in the laboratory to try to reduce the risk of contamination with malignant cells and to increase the stem cell numbers. There are no problems with tissue matching, so this type of procedure may be carried out on patients in their 60s.

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Last updated on April 17th, 2023

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