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Topic Title: Dingpatch's 2021 Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Blog Thread
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Created On: 06/30/2021 08:05 AM
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 04/10/2022 08:36 AM
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ww

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Quite a piece of medical / biological engineering.
 04/10/2022 09:16 AM
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Yep!!!! But, I still run into people who think that it all was just a "fancy" blood transfusion ??!!

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 04/12/2022 07:06 AM
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And some claim there's no such thing as covid, just flu mislabeled by conspirators. Stem cell transplant is about as sophisticated as you can get. I get the impression that Vanderbilt's medical empire is greatly respected.
 04/12/2022 07:43 AM
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ww, , , , , YES!

It's hard to not get "teary eyed" when I think of how fooking LUCKY I am to get such World Class Care!!!

To recap Vanderbilt's rep:

Vandy was the first medical facility in the Nation to become a National Center of Excellence for Bone Marrow Transplants.

The VA/Vandy Bone Marrow Transplant Team is #1 in the Nation in regard to Success Rates!!!! I'm into "success" rates, I could give a hoot about "bedside manners", etc.!!

Vandy was the first medical facility in the Nation to be approved by the FDA for CAR-T T cell treatments for blood cancers.

Vandy alone performs "almost" more Bone Marrow Transplants than any place else in the Nation. When combined with the Vandy Doctor's work at the VA, they do perform more Bone Marrow Transplants than anywhere else in the Nation, and perhaps the World.

The Nashville VA Medical Center is the #1 rated center in the VA.

The Vandy/VA location generally performs more Bone Marrow, Kidney, Liver and Lung transplants than anywhere else in the Nation.

As my "Attending Physician", the VA/Vandy Medical Director of Bone Marrow Transplants, told me at the end of my "Exit Briefing" in July 2018: "I am the Director of a National Center of Excellence. I can not allow any corners to be cut. My Team and I strive everyday to be the Best in the World" !!!!!!!! You could never be more stoked than to hear that from your Doctor!!!!!!!

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Edited: 08/01/2022 at 06:19 PM by dingpatch
 04/14/2022 06:57 AM
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Your treatment was long-drawn-out but I'm willing to guess that over the next few years they'll figure out ways to make it simpler and perhaps cheaper. While it's possible to complain about the high cost of medical tech (and super-sophisticated biology), we've gotten some huge benefits from things like laparoscopic surgery (my two arm rotator cuffs), better drug and surgical treatments for heart disease, super-fast care for stroke victims (I'm 5 minutes from a good hospital), and lots more. While the US is doing badly in terms of longevity (We have social problems, like the opioid epidemic and lately political opposition to vaccination. Poorer countries that emphasize low-cost basics beat us, like Costa Rica), we've made huge improvements in dealing with cancer and heart disease. Better orthopedics is enabling huge numbers of people to live active lives. Think hip transplants.
 06/17/2022 05:16 AM
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I'm not Counting My Chickens, , , , , but, Woo Hoo !! Yesterday was my last day of "maintenance" Chemo !!! I will not know about "chickens" until after my next Bone Marrow Biopsy that will be done in Nashville next month during my One Year check-up. The "maintenance" was initially scheduled for 12 months post-transplant but, Nashville wants me to have it out of my system before the Biopsy so, no chemo in July, only 11 months!

So, for this "Round" of cancer treatments, for MDS, since January 2020: I've had 83 days of the Vidaza chemo, 2 shots under the skin in my belly every time. Oh and, I also had 8 continuous days of Very Intense "conditioning" chemo prior to my Stem Cell Transplant.

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 06/20/2022 05:18 AM
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Have a great trip to Nashville next month.
 07/22/2022 05:28 AM
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Finally !!!! Today is Day 365 since the Transplant. It has been a very long year but, I have strived to "Maintain an Even Strain".

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 07/27/2022 01:58 PM
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Well done mate!

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 07/27/2022 06:35 PM
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I'm reminded that one reason to grow bromeliads is that they're easy to transplant. Roots function only for anchorage. Congratulations on a successful year.
 08/01/2022 05:59 AM
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A BIG thank you to all ya'll 2nd Lighters. I had my One Year check-up last week in Nashville. All is good, except that the results of the Bone Marrow Biopsy won't be back until about this Thursday. I'm on Pins And Needles waiting, , , , , ,. But as it is so far, my Team says that I am a Success Story and that I beat The Odds! I had High Risk MDS and, as such, they had given me only a 30% chance of not relapsing before my one year mark !!!!! There are 177 facilities in the USA that perform Stem Cell Transplants and my Team at Vanderbilt/VA is rated as Number One in the Nation!! I have to be honest and admit that I still get teary eyed when I think about the World Class care I have received. Oh and, , , , , , I MUST give a shout out to my Donor and BE THE MATCH!

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 08/01/2022 03:24 PM
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Good to hear. Let's hope the good news continues on Thursday.

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