Novel drug regimen can improve stem cell transplantation outcomes

December 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Adding bortezomib (Velcade) to standard preventive therapy for graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) results in improved outcomes for patients receiving stem-cell transplants from mismatched and unrelated donors, according to researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Third-party blood stem cell transplantation as a factor to impact on poor graft function

March 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

When a research team in China evaluated the efficacy and safety of using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) expanded from the bone marrow of non-self-donors to treat patients experiencing poor graft function (PGF) after receiving transplants of non-self-donated blood stem cells (allo-HSCT), they found that the mesenchymal stem cells were both safe and effective for treating primary and secondary PGF.

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Infusion of stem cells and specially generated T-cells from same donor improves leukemia survival

February 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In a significant advance for harnessing the immune system to treat leukemias, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for the first time have successfully infused large numbers of donor T-cells specific for a key anti-leukemic antigen to prolong survival in high-risk and relapsed leukemia patients after stem cell transplantation. Both the stem cells for transplant and the T-cells came from the same matched donors.

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Antibodies from rabbits reduce risks associated with unrelated donor stem cell transplantation

July 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center’s Bone Marrow Transplant Program have demonstrated that the use of antibodies derived from rabbits can improve the survival and relapse outcomes of leukemia and myelodysplasia patients receiving a stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor.

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