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autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT)

overview

A stem cell transplant can help rebuild your bone marrow after chemotherapy. With an autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT), stem cells are removed from your body before chemo treatment, and then returned afterward. They then travel to your bone marrow and begin producing new healthy cells.

ASCT may be recommended when high doses of chemotherapy are required. That’s because while chemotherapy can kill off the cancer cells inside your bone marrow, it can also destroy healthy stem cells (immature blood cells). This can cause bone marrow failure, which makes a stem cell transplant a good option.

Our program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular 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 (414-649-7032) or the Cell Therapy Program (414-649-5818).

services & treatment

With over 20 years of experience, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center has the longest running dedicated ASCT program in Wisconsin. Under the direction of Dr. Robert Taylor, 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.

To determine whether ASCT is right for you, your medical team will perform a series of tests to evaluate:

  • Your type of cancer
  • The stage of the disease
  • Whether your cancer is responsive to chemo
  • Your overall medical condition
Keep in mind that ASCT requires intensive treatment and a hospital stay. It can be physically and emotionally stressful. If you’re eligible for the treatment, your ACST team will work to help you make an informed decision about whether to proceed.
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