Blood and Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Patient Stories

Leukemia

Hazel Strong

Strong After Stem Cell Transplant
After receiving chemotherapy for T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL), a rare type of leukemia with a poor prognosis, Hazel Strong was referred to the University of Chicago Medicine. She underwent a stem cell transplant, enabling her to be the energetic 70-year-old she is today. Hazel is one of many older adults now benefitting from this life saving procedure.

Anjuli Nayak, MD

Tailored Treatment Brings Physician's Leukemia into Remission
Anjuli Nayak, MD, received a customized leukemia treatment plan that included chemotherapy and a unique clinical trial involving transplantation of stem cells from both a half-match donor and from donated umbilical cord stem cells. "I am so grateful to the leukemia transplant team for the care, compassion and courage received from the doctors and nurses. They have given me a rebirth, for which I am eternally grateful," Nayak said.

Three Generations, One Gene Mutation, No Cancer
Mica Witt and her daughter, Shannon Wilson, were both successfully treated at the medical center for a rare genetic form of cancer. Shannon's daughter, Kelsey 16, has not been diagnosed, but she shares the genetic mutation that could lead to leukemia.

Multiple Myeloma

Gail Jarrett-Black

Advanced Therapy Halts Multiple Myeloma, Achieves Lengthy Remission
After being treated for multiple myeloma with radiation, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, Gail Jarrett-Black participated in a clinical trial of a medication to improve long-term survival. Oncologist Todd Zimmerman, MD, says the drug has been very effective in suppressing myeloma cells.


Video

Dr. Lucy Godley on Stem Cell Transplant

Lucy Godley, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the medical center, talks about what stem cell transplants are like for the patient receiving the transplant, potential complications associated with the procedure, and the long-term prognosis after transplant.
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