One person in the United States dies every 10 minutes from a blood cancer – leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. This year more than 140,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed and more than 53,000 will die from these blood cancers, according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The good news is the overall [...]
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Dori Brown’s spirited battle against acute myeloid leukemia inspired her friends and family to raise money to fund research on the disease.
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) – the main complication of allogeneic stem cell transplants – is the exact opposite of solid organ rejection: instead of your body rejecting the new organ, the new organ (the donor immune system) rejects you. In the acute post-transplant period, GVHD typically manifests as an itchy skin rash, gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, [...]
It’s been two years since Joan Meredith’s stem cell transplant for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Although she is now “100 percent donor” and her new immune system appears to be functioning well, she remains vigilant against the health complications related to her transplant – like infections, for example. “I hated wearing the mask because I [...]
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center performs around 215 stem cell and bone marrow transplants each year, providing care leading up to the transplant, through all aspects of the procedure, and indefinitely after the transplant to monitor for complications. To address some common questions about the procedure, we spoke with Madan Jagasia, M.D., director of the Outpatient [...]
The best meteorologists can seem akin to conjurers – mixing scientific information about pressure gradients and wind patterns with a dollop of gut instinct to create weather forecasts that often appear magically accurate. As a meteorologist for WKRN Channel 2 in Nashville, Davis Nolan, 57, is an expert at diagnosing weather patterns that can create [...]
By collecting donor stem cells for transplant, apheresis nurse Carol Kelso, R.N., delivers hope to patients with blood cancers.
A few personal touches – a “Good Luck” balloon tied to a chair and Easter cards on the mantle – make Debbie and Danny Nally’s temporary housing at the Villages at Vanderbilt feel a little more like “home.” The Nallys, who are from Bardstown, Ky., are staying in a well-appointed apartment across 21st Avenue from [...]
It took only 45 minutes for leukemia patient Joe Lawrence to receive the stem cells donated by his brother Kevin, but the procedure itself was just the beginning of his quest to bounce back from a life-threatening form of blood cancer. To help him on his path to recovery, Joe volunteered to be one of [...]
Madan Jagasia, M.D., explains the stem cell transplant process.