What Are Stem Cells?
They grow inside your marrow, the soft tissue of your bones. They’re also in your blood, as well as blood from umbilical cords.
As they mature, blood stem cells change into three types of cells your body needs:
Platelets that help your blood clot
Red blood cells that give your body oxygen
White blood cells that fight off illness
How Does Stem Cell Treatment Work?
There are two types of transplants. Your doctor will decide which is best for you.
In an autologous (AUTO) transplant, doctors take healthy stem cells from your bone marrow or blood. They’re frozen and carefully stored. Since they're outside your body, they aren’t harmed during the chemotherapy or radiation treatments you’ll need to get rid of your cancer cells.
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