The Transplant Handbook

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Medical problems that new stem cells might help. 

Nearly everyone has one of these diseases or knows someone who does. Here are some health challenges that may be helped. Medical progress is being made daily.

Alzheimer’s Disease



Cerebral Palsy

Crohn’s Disease

Diabetes 1


Heart Disease

Hodgkin Lymphoma

Huntington’s Disease

Immune Deficiency Diseases

Inherited Metabolic Disorders


Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS.

Lung Disease



Multiple Myeloma

Muscular Dystrophy

Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Parkinson’s Disease

Severe Aplastic Anemia and Other Marrow Failure Syndromes

Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia

Spinal cord injury

And more.

To get the very-latest information, make a Google search for

Stem cell + (the disease).

See an expanded list of diseases at


Using adult stem cells drawn from bone marrow and umbilical cord blood system cells, scientists have discovered new treatments for scores of diseases and conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, juvenile diabetes, and spinal cord injuries.

Nathan Deal

As many as 1 in 217 individuals may need a stem cell transplant during their lifetime.

A stem cell transplant is the replacement of damaged cells in your bone marrow with the infusion of healthy stem cells via your blood stream. Diseased or destroyed stem cells can be replaced.

A stem cell is a cell that can renew itself and send new cells out into the circulating blood. Stem cells are replaced through infusions; there is no surgery.

See the following transplant explanations:

Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplantation

What to Expect

Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplantation

(YouTube video)

And for those already diagnosed with cancer:

Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant

(YouTube video)

Stem cell transplant treatment is similar to cancer procedure:

chemotherapy &/or radiation therapy is used.

The severity of a transplant is comparable to a heart transplant.

In each case the survival rate is less than 100%.

Transplantation has become a routine treatment that cures more than 90% of patients with blood disorders, when performed in the early stage of the disease, if an optimal donor-recipient combination is available. Today, more than 330,000 transplants are carried out annually in 1327 centers in 71 countries and the numbers are increasing. Stem cell transplantation also remains the last hope for patients with advanced or stubborn blood diseases.

There is little detailed information available on what patients can expect in a transplant procedure. Most books are geared toward the medical providers, not the patient. Those written for the patient usually follow one person’s experiences and rarely provide clarifying detail. This book, on the other hand, is written from the patient’s perspective. It will also be useful to medical providers to help them understand our experiences, feelings, and concerns.