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Multiple Myeloma- HBOT for Stem Cell Transplants

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“A typical course of hyperbaric oxygen treatments increases by eight-fold the number of stem cells circulating in a patient’s body”

Autologus peripheral blood stem cell transplantation   (ASCT) is aggressive, high-dose chemotherapy. Central to ASCT is collecting enough of one’s own stem cells to properly re-populate one’s immune system after undergoing high-dose chemotherapy. HBOT is an important multiple myeloma therapy because it is an unconventional therapy that can be essential to a patient who needs to increase his/her stem cell production.

ASCT is an aggressive form of therapy- MMers must have a balanced view of autologous stem cell transplantation.

It is common to have more than one ASCT and therefore patients often need to collect enough stem cells for multiple stem cell transplants.

I participate in many online cancer platforms.  Peripheral blood stem cell transplants are frequently discussed.  The majority of the discussion is how well they work for multiple myeloma. There is also discussion of doing two transplants- a tandem transplant.

Occasionally posters will refer to their ability to collect their own stem cells.  Some have no problem collecting their stem cells and many do not collect enough stem cells.  When you have plenty of stem cells for collection it seems as if the collection process is a breeze.

As the two articles linked below illustrate, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can improve stem cell collection.

Are you about to undergo an autologus bone marrow transplant? Would you like to learn more about the risks and benefits of this procedure?

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Stem Cell Collection And Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

The actual treatments (HBOT treatments) were easy. He said that his ears would feel pressure, like while flying in an airplane. The chamber was clear, and he could watch TV during his 90 minute sessions…

Dave’s WBC count jumped from below 2.0 to over 13 during the night! They ran the ProCOUNT test, and Dave’s was at 50 million cells available for collection! The collection doctor said that in 20 years of doing this she had never seen anyone with his extensive radiation history with those numbers!”

Penn Study Finds Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments Mobilize Stem Cells

According to a study to be published in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulation Physiology, a typical course of hyperbaric oxygen treatments increases by eight-fold the number of stem cells circulating in a patient’s body. Stem cells, also called progenitor cells are crucial to injury repair. The study currently appears on-line and is scheduled for publication in the April 2006 edition of the American Journal…

“This is the safest way clinically to increase stem cell circulation, far safer than any of the pharmaceutical options,” said Stephen Thom, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and lead author of the study. “This study provides information on the fundamental mechanisms for hyperbaric oxygen and offers a new theoretical therapeutic option for mobilizing stem cells.””

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Dr Dennis Tim Crowe, Jr says 5 years ago

I have several mild pressure hyperbaric oxygen chambers and have seen several benificial effects from the use of these in my animal patients with cancer. Can anyone who has experience in the use of these in human patients? The pressure commonly reached is 4.4-4.8 psi and thr oxygen content the patient breaths is from 30-75 % Common effects I have noted is an increase in appetite, more strength (subjective) and increased activity. I would love to find out whether this level of pressure and inspiratory oxygen percent will also help increase stem cells.. thank you for all you do to help get the word out about the benefits of HBOT provides and how it has helped multiple myeloma patients regarding stem cell char eating.

    David Emerson says 5 years ago

    Hi Dr.

    I am a MM survivor myself who wrote about the ability of newly diagnosed MMers to increase their stem cells to be harvested for an ASCT. I have no information, about personal experiences. I will keep an eye out.


    David Emerson

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