What is Autologous Stem Cell Transplant?

Category: Procedures

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Generic name: Stem Cell Transplant

In a stem cell transplant, healthy stem cells are placed in your body through an IV to help your bone marrow start to work correctly. When the stem cells come from your own blood or bone marrow, it is called an autologous transplant.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple myeloma 39 29
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 2 3
Hodgkin's lymphoma 2 2
Multiple sclerosis 2 2
Acute promyelocytic leukemia 1 0
Bladder problems 1 1

Show all 9 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
9
Moderate
13
Mild
9
None
8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Autologous Stem Cell Transplant

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 5
Hair loss 4
Loss of appetite 3
Diarrhea 2
Headaches 2
Peripheral neuropathy 2

Show all 31 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Autologous Stem Cell Transplant

Dosage Patients
every 3 months 1
one time 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 31
Usually 0
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 15
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 28

What people switch to and from

Patients started having Autologous Stem Cell Transplant after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 1
Mitoxantrone (Novantrone) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Autologous Stem Cell Transplant

Jan 4, 2018 (Started Feb 20, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: I received 3 rounds but don't think it was effective. It was a very expensive procedure and required additional travel expenses, which had become increasingly difficult for my condition.

Aug 6, 2017 (Started Feb 20, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Every 3 months
Advice & Tips: I live in the U.S. but go to Israel for this. It's a long and expensive trip. I cannot tell whether I have seen any improvement from it, but I also have not had any side effect. The headache was temporary and was gone by the 3rd day. So far I have received two treatments and plan to get one more.

  • 3 helpful marks

Mar 15, 2010 (Started Dec 30, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for inability to manipulate tongue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Monthly
Advice & Tips: It arrested the progression of the disease for the last 5 months.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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