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First Adult Cancer Patient in Nashville to Receive Stem Cell Transplant June 8, 2006

Posted by Pontiff in Pontification.

First Adult Cancer Patient in Nashville to Receive Stem Cell Transplant From Umbilical Cord Blood at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 8 (AScribe Newswire) — When 24-year-old Charles Dougherty checks into Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center tomorrow, he’ll be preparing for a treatment that has never been performed before in an adult patient in Nashville, and will be only the second case in Tennessee history.

The stem cell transplant will use blood from an anonymous umbilical cord donor and could save Dougherty’s life. Madan Jagasia, M.D., a specialist in hematology and stem cell transplant, will perform the transplant. "If Charles doesn’t get the transplant his leukemia will come back. He has already relapsed once," Jagasia said. Cord blood transplants have been widely used to treat children with blood-borne cancers, but the procedure is still new in adult patients because of the amount of stem cells needed for a larger patient. Jagasia said the techniques needed to safely carry out the cord blood transplant have also improved. "We’ve gotten better at freezing, transporting and collecting cord blood."

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Good luck Charles.


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