Autologous Stem Cell Transplant (ASCT)
Types of cancer treated with ASCT
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- Germ Cell
With over 20 years of experience, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center has the longest record of a dedicated ASCT program in Wisconsin. Today, our skilled team of professionals, under the direction of Robert Taylor, MD, continues to bring the latest and most effective treatments to you. Our program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cell Therapy (FACT) and participates in the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) data registry, part of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP).
For more information on ASCT, call our Transplant Program Coordinator at 414-649-7032 or the Cell Therapy Program at 414-649-5818. Request a Cancer Second Opinion online via our form.
What is Autologous Stem Cell Treatment?
Research shows that in certain cases, cancer can be more effectively treated—and the risk of cancer recurring can be dramatically reduced—by treating it with higher doses of chemotherapy. Higher doses of chemotherapy, however, can result in bone marrow failure.
With ASCT, bone marrow failure is prevented by removing stem cells—immature blood cells—from your own blood stream and preserving them before you receive chemotherapy. The stem cells are then given back to you after chemotherapy where they migrate to your bone marrow and begin producing healthy new blood cells.
Choosing Autologous Stem Cell Treatment
At Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, choosing ASCT as a treatment for cancer involves you, your loved ones and the medical team involved in your treatment. We’ve used ASCT to treat Hodgkin's lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, acute leukemia, multiple myeloma, ovarian cancer, testicular cancer, breast cancer, germ cell cancer and other solid tumors.
ASCT team members evaluate a number of factors, including your type of cancer, the stage of the disease, whether the disease is responsive to chemotherapy, and your overall medical condition. Numerous tests, often done on an outpatient basis, are performed to determine whether ASCT is an option for you.
ASCT requires intensive treatment and a hospital stay, both of which can be physically and emotionally stressful. Once we’ve determined whether you’re eligible for ASCT, you need to make an informed decision—with the support of Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center's ASCT team—about whether to proceed.