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Stem Cell Transplant for Lymphoma

Doctors at Fox Chase Cancer Center offer treatments that include peripheral blood stem cell transplant, which has become life-saving therapy for some patients.

There are 2 common types of stem cell transplant:

  • Autologous Stem Cell Transplant allows for a more aggressive treatment of certain cancers, including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In an autologous stem cell transplant, you are your own donor. Your bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells (stem cells from the bloodstream) are taken from you (harvested), frozen until needed, then given back to you (transplanted) after you have received high doses of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or both, to destroy your cancer cells.
  • Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant is when your bone marrow and immune system are replaced with new, healthy bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells from another person. Traditionally, most of the allogeneic stem cell transplants have been performed using stem cells collected from the bone marrow, but the use of peripheral blood stem cells in allogeneic stem cell transplants is rapidly increasing.

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