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First 24 Hours Post SCT

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Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present.
-- C. S. Lewis

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After months of anticipation, yesterday's stem cell transplant took only 2 hours, from noon until 2 p.m. Two units (about 2 pints) of the donor's stem cells were infused.

One of the miracles of this procedure is that these stem cells now automatically know their job of of producing new white cells and new bone marrow in my system. At the time of the transplant, my pathology was depleted of both white cells and bone marrow. These elements are needed for a health immune system and a healthy immune system is about to seek out and destroy the mantle cell lymphoma.

My doctors are expecting my lab results in two to three weeks to reveal that the donor's cells have successfully grafted to begin the work of fighting the cancer. Actually, there is now a 100-day count in progress to not only monitor the success of the transplant, but to also monitor the evidence of graft to host …

One Day Before The SCT

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The world is a mirror of infinite beauty, yet no man sees it. It is a temple of majesty, yet no man regards it. -- Thomas Traherne

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Upon my admission to City of Hope on August 20, the first two days of treatment involved more chemo therapy to cause oblation of the visible tumor sites. Good news: the therapy worked.

Now, we are about 24 hours away from the stem cell transplant from the unrelated donor (MUD-SCT) which is our purpose for this hospital visit that, in total, may last four to six weeks. The SCT is relatively brief, taking less than two hours for the transfusion of the the donor's stem cells from his blood stream. As I reported before, the donor is a 24-year-old male who resides overseas, probably in Europe, but that is not confirmed. My ethnic background (English-German) would indicate, but not isolate the donor's background to that region.
So far, my doctors say that my treatment and overall condition is "as expected." …

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