10/23 – Stem Cell Transplant

Last week I scheduled my stem cell transplant (SCT) for January 6th, 2014. I am very fortunate I was able to put this off until next year as I have mentioned time and again I am extremely busy with work through year end.

I was hoping to avoid transplant altogether as some schools of thought suggest treating Multiple Myeloma as a “chronic” disease and maintaining quality of life – BUT – as Dr. J says – we want QUANTITY of life as well. QUANTITY is important when you are 46 years young!

The fact that I have “high risk” Myeloma (17p deletion) plays a role in this decision as well. Hopefully the SCT will buy me a few good years because there are great articles I am reading about immunotherapy developments that could someday lead to a cure. With 17p we know that Myeloma, once/if gone, will come back quicker and stronger so this procedure, which I once hoped to avoid, is one that I am looking very much forward to. It gives me a chance – for however long – to hit the reset button.

Here is a link to a study on the overall survival rate of Myeloma patients with SCT and chemo vs. those with chemo only:

To SCT or not to SCT – Overall Survival Rates

In the study, complete remission increased from 26% to a little over 70% with SCT. Five year overall survival was a little over 52%. I am confident that if I get five years out of my SCT someone, somewhere will find a cure.

SO – January 6th I will be at Hackensack University Medical Center for a procedure I once dreaded but now look forward to. As I tweeted out yesterday, I think the best part of the deal is that I probably get to hang out in sweat pants for a few weeks!

It’s a great day to fight Cancer!

3 responses to “10/23 – Stem Cell Transplant

  1. Wow. You and I appear to be carbon copies of this disease. I dreaded, delayed, pondered, researched and have now decided to go forward.

    Am I afraid? Yes. 7 days of harvesting through a central line, 6 weeks inpatient hospital stay where the environment must be sterile and then another 6 weeks to recover with almost daily outpatient hospital visits and then another 6-12 months for a full recovery! Not to mention an around the clock caregiver(s) after being discharged! I am single!!

    Dx 8/13
    Age 57
    ASCT bring scheduled thus year – out on STD

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