Critical blood cancer treatment now available in Austin

Critical blood cancer treatment now available in Austin


WHEN YOU HAVE CANCER, A GOOD SUPPORT SYSTEM AND BEING CLOSE TO HOME CAN SOMETIMES BE THE BEST MEDICINE. AND NOW.. FOR THE FIRST TIME, PATIENTS FIGHTING BLOOD CANCER CAN GET A CRITICAL TREATMENT HERE IN AUSTIN. ST. DAVID’S SOUTH AUSTIN MEDICAL CENTER IS THE FIRST TO OFFER ALLOGENEIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANTS. KXAN’S “AMANDA BRANDEIS” INTRODUCES US TO THE FIRST PATIENT TO GET THE TREATMENT. “NO ONE EVER ANTICIPATES, YOUR HUSBAND GETS HOME FROM A WORK TRIP AND WITHIN A DAY YOU ARE FACING AN ENTIRELY NEW EXISTENCE.”AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, THEIR FUTURE, THEIR FAMILY, THEIR EVERYTHING – WERE THREATENED.”IT WAS SHOCKING OF COURSE, BUT I DON’T KNOW, AT LEAST THE WAY WE DEALT WITH IT, IT WAS MORE OF OK, WHAT DO WE DO?” “HE HAD TO DO REGULAR CHEMOTHERAPY FIRST TO GET LEUKEMIA INTO REMISSION, WHILE HE WAS DOING THAT; WE WERE LOOKING FOR A DONOR FOR RYAN.”WITH THE AGGRESSIVE LEUKEMIA, SMITH HAD TO UNDERGO TOTAL BODY IRRADIATION AT TEXAS ONCOLOGY TO REMOVE ALL THE STEMS CELLS FROM HIS BODY, SO HEALTHY ONES COULD BE BROUGHT IN. ONCE THEY FOUND A DONOR MATCH, THE STEM CELLS WERE FLOWN TO AUSTIN.UP UNTIL NOW, PATIENTS WOULD HAVE TO GO TO HOUSTON, DALLAS OR SAN ANTONIO FOR THE PROCEDURE, AND STAY THERE UP TO 4 MONTHS. NOW, THEY CAN GET IT AT HOME.” SMITH HAD THE PROCEDURE IN MAY – WITHOUT HAVING TO UPROOT HIS LIFE. “THAT ABILITY TO GO HOME FOR DAYS AT A TIME, TO SLEEP IN YOUR OWN BED, AND HAVE A AT YOUR HOUSE, SIT ON YOUR OWN COACH â|. THAT’S A HUGE PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFIT TO ME.” “3, 2, 1 – THEY’RE IN!””AS MUCH AS WE CAN KEEP EVERYTHING NORMAL WE’RE REALLY IN BETTER SHAPE FOR ANYBODY.”BECAUSE WHEN YOU’RE FIGHTING CANCER, IT FEELS ANYTHING BUT NORMAL. “HE HAS NEVER COMPLAINED ONE TIME [RYAN: THAT’S NOT TRUE] AND UM, HE’S STILL A PILLAR STRENGTH FOR ME WHEN I’M HAVING THE BAD DAYS.”NOW, THE CANCER IS GONE, AND THEY FINALLY HAVE THE FUTURBA. AMANDA BRANDEIS KXAN NEWS. IT’S EASIER TO BECOME A STEM CELL DONOR NOW THAN EVER BEFORE.YEARS AGO – DONORS HAD TO GO THROUGH MAJOR SURGERY, WITH DOCTORS POKING DOZENS OF HOLES INTO THEIR HIPS.NOW INJECTIONS ARE ABLE TO PUSH STEM CELLS IN THE BONE MARROW OUT INTO THEIR BLOOD, AND AN

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