An autologous stem cell transplant, also known as an autologous bone marrow transplant, is a medical procedure that involves using a patient's own healthy blood stem cells to replace their diseased or damaged bone marrow. This type of transplant is recommended for people who require high doses of chemotherapy and radiation therapy to treat their disease, which can damage their bone marrow.
The autologous stem cell transplant process starts with the administration of medications to the patient to stimulate the production of stem cells in their blood. The stem cells are then collected through a process called apheresis, where a machine filters them from the blood and returns the rest of the blood to the patient. The collected stem cells are then preserved and stored for later use.
The patient then undergoes high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy to destroy their cancer cells. Once this treatment is complete, the patient receives an infusion of their own preserved stem cells, which will travel to their bone marrow and begin creating new blood cells.
After the transplant
The patient is closely monitored by their medical team for any side effects and to ensure the success of the procedure. An autologous stem cell transplant is commonly used to treat conditions such as Hodgkin's lymphoma, myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and plasma cell disorders.
At Sterling Hospitals Ahmedabad, our medical professionals are skilled in performing autologous stem cell transplants to help patients with these conditions, using state-of-the-art technology and personalized care.