Stem Cell Transplant Community
13 Members
295767 tn?1240191914

Stem cell transplant

Well, it looks like I will be off to Houston in about 2 weeks for my BIG procedure. I wanted to post what the doc sent me regarding the procedure to gain any insight you all want to give me on the 5 different chemo drugs to be administered.
1- Inpatient cycle of standard-dose chemo (ifosfamide/etoposide), to mobilize your stem cells (approx 5 days in the hospital)
2- Following this first discharge, you'll have to stay in Houston. We'll see you daily in our clinic (Fast Track) until we proceed with the collection of the stem cells (apheresis) (approx 10 days later).
3- Following completion of apheresis we can give you the first dose of Avastin, outpatient,
4- You can then go back home x 2 weeks.
5- Admission for the high-dose treatment. Hospital stay of approx 3 wks. First week: high-dose chemotherapy (Avastin/gemcitabine/taxotere/melphalan/carboplatin), followed by infusion of the cells. Second week: low counts. Third week: recovery.
6- Following discharge, 1-2 more weeks as an outpatient coming to our Fast Track clinic,
7- Discharge home.

2)  The high dose is only given once.

3) You should be able to return to work around 3 months after the high-dose treatment.

Do you all have any tips or advice to give me? Anything helps! For your information, gemcitabine is Gemzar. I'm getting pretty nervous but feeling VERY confident that this will be the answer to my cancer. I hope you all are enjoying the first month of spring. With love, Deandra
23 Responses
Avatar universal
Well mate, that sure is one potent mixture. :-).... but you are a tough cookie, :-)  and have youth on side, so you'll be right, I'm sure. I'll be hoping and praying for a cure for you Deandra. That would be just so wonderful. You will have lots of support.... in spirit anyhow, as we will all be waiting to hear the grand news.
Best wishes and lots of happy hugs from DownUnder...love..Helen...
178783 tn?1197303699
Hi Deandra,

Wow, it sounds like they are going to throw everything but the kitchen sink at this demon.  Sounds tough, but encouraging.  I don't have too much advice...except for this.  I know that when things and treatments got tough on Ashley, and she wished she could just quit and give in, she would raise her head high and push through it.  She was able to do this by thinking to herself that okay this really s*cks, I feel terrible, but if I push through this now and deal with this now, I will never have to deal with this again and I can get on with my life.  So fight the good fight, battle to the end, and we will all be waiting when it's done to rejoice with you as victor over this beast.  I pray this is your magic bullet that ends the nightmare.  

Take Care and God Bless,
146692 tn?1314335373
wow you have a hard fight ahead of you. I must tell you, I admire your strength, and wish you the best of luck with the road ahead. I don't know you, but for on this board, but I sense you are one strong young lady. I will keep you  in my thoughts and prayers. Hope to hear good news following your fight.
178345 tn?1242539846
Just as I told you about my Aunt who had the stem cell procedure...you have to keep up your immune system as best as you can,,,avoid anyone who is sick and limit your visitors...she had the procedure in December and she is almost where she should be..she handled it well AND SO WILL YOU!!! She does wear a mask whenever she was around people and has limited her contacts...Take your computer, alot of books, make sure Luke gives you plenty of foot massages LOL and just take this time to focus on YOU!!! Listen when this is all over I want to see the Wedding Plans Take up all your time and Attention,,,,CALL ME ANYTIME from Houston ....I am around and will love to hear from you!!! I wish I could be there physically but know that I am by your side all the way...I have grown to admire and love the woman than you are...I just cant wait till this is over for you!!! You Stay Strong and know that you can Count on me anytime....Love ya, Gia :)
Avatar universal
I just wanted to wish you luck.  It sounds like this treatment is going to be tough, but I know you can do it!  Hang in there and please keep us up to date when you can.  
187666 tn?1331176945
I'm not sure what to say. I want to reach out and give you a giant hug but my arms aren't long enough. Just know that we are all here for you, your personal cheerleading squad (possibly the biggest one in the nation). So you keep fighting the good fight or we'll bop you with our pom-poms. xoxo
155056 tn?1333642288
Sounds like they really want to attack this demon.  Keeping everything crossed that you will have positive results....thanks again for being a pioneer and trying something that might hold the key to all furture treatment.  You are a hero!!!!

378425 tn?1305631894
I wanted to wish you luck and to send your way all the positive strengths, attitude, and thoughts possible.  You are a tower of strength, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Take Care,
356929 tn?1246393356
I don't have any advice or such, and I really don't know you except from what I read on your posts, but I know you are such a brave young woman. Please accept my heartfelt wishes for good luck, good health and a speedy recovery !! YOU CAN DO THIS !!!

282804 tn?1236837191
No real advice sweetie, just well wishes.  It sounds like a full on blitzkrieg!!!!   Throwing everything they have at it has got to work!!!!  It is good you will be in the hospital for all of that as you will be able to get plenty of fluids and that will be key in flushing out all the toxins that aren't absorbed and working.  Make sure you have a glass of water in your hand constantly when you are away from the hospital.  That much stuff is going to be difficult to flush.  
Your mom has my number so I guess I will get updates from her.  Take care and I WILL talk to you before you go.
447161 tn?1262926684
Dear Deandra,

You are always so supportive and positive giving everyone a good feeling when you post.
ALL my hopes and prayers are with you, flying to ya from across the sea!  
Kick this thing to the curb girl!  

(Much strength, powerful woman, and much love be with you).......
Kia kaha wahine toa...Arohanui

Avatar universal
Oh Deandra!  I just want to say that I'll be praying for you.  That all sounds so aggressive and you said it would be.  I will pray that you stay strong and that your body handles all that they do.  Most importantly, I pray that you get the results you are hoping for!

Big hugs,
Have an Answer?
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Here are 15 ways to help prevent lung cancer.
New cervical cancer screening guidelines change when and how women should be tested for the disease.
They got it all wrong: Why the PSA test is imperative for saving lives from prostate cancer
Everything you wanted to know about colonoscopy but were afraid to ask
A quick primer on the different ways breast cancer can be treated.
Get the facts about this disease that affects more than 240,000 men each year.