Transplants in Cancer Treatment | The Patient Story

Transplants in
Cancer Treatment
& Patient Stories

What Are BMT and SCT?

Bone marrow and stem cell transplants, also called BMT and SCT, are sometimes part of treatment used against blood cancers including multiple myeloma, lymphoma (non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin), and leukemia.

Below, find answers to popular bone marrow transplant and stem cell transplant questions and experiences shared by The Patient Story community.

transplant patient in hospital

General Transplant FAQ

Why Are Stem Cell Transplants Needed?

Though chemotherapy and radiation therapy are effective in killing cancer cells, these treatments also kill the bone marrow cells. This loss of bone marrow cells leads to the inability of the body to create new blood cells. Stem cell transplants are used to enable the patient to create new blood cells again.

What Sources Are Used for Stem Cell Transplants?

Stem cell transplants can be carried out from peripheral blood, umbilical cord blood from newborns, or bone marrow.

Transplant Stories and Experiences

Here are different bone marrow transplant and stem cell transplant stories and experiences, as told by our TPS community members.

Bone Marrow Transplant Patient Experiences
Mantle Cell Lymphoma Stories: Stage 4, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma | Shari’s Patient Story

Shari B., Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL), Stage 4



1st Symptoms: None, lymphoma discovered at unrelated doctor appointment
Treatment: 6 cycles R-CHOP, 5 cycles Phase 3 trial of Velcade + Rituxan (normally for multiple myeloma), allogeneic bone marrow transplant (BMT)
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Leukemia Stories: Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Relapse, Clinical Trial | Mary Clare’s Story

Mary Clare B., Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)



Cancer details: Relapsed but in remission after 2nd transplant
1st symptoms: Extreme fatigue, upset stomach, bad & persistent headaches
Treatment: Chemotherapy, radiation, 2 bone marrow transplants
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AML MDS | The Patient Story

Nicole T., Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)



1st symptoms: Severe itchiness, night sweats, fatigue
Treatment: Chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant
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Leukemia Stories: Acute Monocytic Leukemia, AML M5 | Hayley’s Story

Hayley A., Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), M5



Cancer details: Most common type of acute leukemia in adults
1st symptoms: Severe fatigue and excessive bleeding after oral surgery
Treatment: Chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant
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Leukemia Stories: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), T-Cell, Relapse | Christine’s Story

Christine M., Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)



1st symptoms: Enlarged lymph nodes, pain in abdomen, nausea
Treatment: Chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant
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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stories: Classical, Stage 3, Relapse | Tylere’s Story

Tylere P., Hodgkin, Stage 3



Cancer details: Mother is a nurse practitioner; suspected cancer
1st Symptoms: Swollen lymph nodes in neck
Treatment: Clinical trial; Chemotherapy, BMT
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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stories: Stage 2BX, Relapse | Fabiola’s Patient Story

Fabiola L., Hodgkin's, Stage 2BX



Cancer details: Stage 2 with bulky disease, relapsed after 1st chemo. Remission after 2nd chemo & bone marrow transplant
1st Symptoms: Shortness of breath, dry cough, fatigue
Treatment: ABVD chemo (6 cycles), IGEV chemo, bone marrow transplant, BEAM chemo, brentuximab
...
Stem Cell Transplant Patient Experiences
Mantle Cell Lymphoma Treatments, Relapsed/Refractory, CAR T Therapy, Clinical Trials | David Miklos

Dr. David Miklos, Clinical Director, Cancer Cell Therapy Program



Workplace: Stanford Medical Center
Specialties: Bone and Marrow Transplant, hematology, GVHD, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma,
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Multiple Myeloma Stories: IgG Lambda |  Scott’s Patient Story

Scott C.



Diagnosis: Multiple myeloma, relapsed/refractorySubtype:IgG lambda (majorityof myelomas)
1st Symptoms: Pain in hips and ribs, night sweats, weight loss, nausea
Treatment:
Clinical trial, chemo, kyphoplasty, stem cell transplant
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Multiple Myeloma Stories: Stage 3 | Melissa’s Patient Story

Melissa V.



Diagnosis: Multiple myeloma, stage 3
1st Symptoms:
Frequent infections
Treatment:
IVF treatment & Chemotherapy (RVD) for 7 rounds
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Relapsed Refractory Multiple Myeloma | Clay’s Story

Clay D.



Diagnosis: Multiple myeloma
1st Symptoms:
Persistent kidney issues, nausea
Treatment:
chemo, radiation, stem cell transplant
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Leukemia Stories: Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Relapse, Clinical Trial | Mary Clare’s Story

Mary Clare B., Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)



Cancer details: Relapsed but in remission after 2nd transplant
1st symptoms: Extreme fatigue, upset stomach, bad & persistent headaches
Treatment: Chemotherapy, radiation, 2 bone marrow transplants
...
Leukemia Story: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), Relapse | Casey’s Story

Casey H., Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)




1st symptoms:
Lump on throat, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, bruising easily
Treatment:
Chemo, immunotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplant
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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stories: Stage 3A, Refractory to Gray Zone Lymphoma | Kayla’s Story

Kayla T., Hodgkin's, Stage 3A



Cancer details: Possibly misdiagnosed the first time; later diagnosed as grey zone lymphoma
1st Symptoms: Pulled muscle in chest
Treatment: ABVD chemo, radiation, high-dose chemo, stem cell transplant
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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stories: Stage 2A, Relapse, Nodular Sclerosis | Lauren’s Patient Story

Lauren C., Hodgkin's, Stage 2A



Cancer details: Diagnosed at 23 years old with nodular sclerosis, relapsed after 6 months of 1st-line treatment
1st Symptoms: Itchy body, enlarged lymph node over collar bone
Treatment: ABVD chemotherapy and ICE, radiation, and stem cell transplant for relapse
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