Mar 20, 2003 - 5:02 pm
I am a 50 year old woman who was diagnosed with stage 3 MM in July 2001. As i wrote in a previous message, i am currently taking thalidomide after having 7 rounds of chemo over a year ago. At that time i still had 15% cancer in my marrow and was told by a specialist that i should get a transplant. However he said the stem cell transplant was not that effective long term and wanted me to have a mini-allo transplant, which would combine my marrow with a donors. I have a brother who is a match, but the problem with this is that i would most likely get graft vs. host disease in some form, though it could be mild, and i would have to be on anti-rejection drugs the rest of my life. Also, since the hospital is not in this area, i would have to move there for 3 months. Because of all that, i decided for the time being to try the thalidomide, which so far has kept the cancer from advancing, but has not removed any more of it as hoped. Unfortunately, i am having side effects and my doctor may take me off the drug which would mean i would most likely have to have a transplant. I see from messages on here that many have had stem cell transplants and would like to know what the doctors told the recipients...about how effective they are etc. And i would like to know how people who have had them are doing.