Join Date: May 2003
Location: NW Florida
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Originally Posted by BohoMama
I realize I'm posting a few months after everyone else, but wanted to add my 2 bits:
My sister became ill with (and unfotunately also died of) acute myelogenous leukemia last summer. When marrow donation was still considered an option to save her, her doctors were saying that the procedure would likely be done by aphoresis. In aphoresis, they stick a needle in one arm and take out your whole blood, then they run it through a machine that takes out the stem cells, and return the rest of it to you. It is a quite minor outpatient procedure, and probably represents much less of a threat to an older and more fragile person than the more traditional "harvesting" methods. As I understand, this aphoresis is preferred in more and more cases, though it's selection ultimately depends on the oncologist's judgement of the patients's needs.
good luck to you and your family.