I noticed that no one has responded to your question as of yet. I am an oncology nurse and I thought that until someone does, you can check out this link on cancerquest.org. This is a great educational site. Best of luck to your mom, Carm RN.
Multiple Myeloma Questions
Stem Cell Transplant
Asked by Beierly on Thursday, February 28, 2013
Stem Cell Transplant
Has anyone undergone stem cell transplant? My mom has been told she is a candidate, however due to her age I am worried, and was wondering how well other coped?
5 Answers from the Community
My hero in life, my former educational director who is like a 2nd mother to me, survived cancer three times and she held my hand throughout my cancer journey! She had a stem cell transplant about 10 years ago so she was in her mid-60s and she did fine. It's not an easy journey, but she is still working, traveling the world and one of the most vivacious, amazing people in this world.
I had an autologous stem cell transplant.(my own stem cells). The proceedure was not painful but because (I believe it was) my potassium kept dropping, I kept developing an internal buzzing. It is hard to explain, but I literally had this buzz inside my head that would not go away so they had to hang a potassium drip to stop the problem.
The chemo they have to give you to prepare your body for the transplant is very stong. I had a hard time keeping any food down and I really didn't have any appetite at all for a week. The actual transplant was a breeze. No issues and it was over so quickly.
What the transplant did for me was amazing. Upon blood testing a month or 2 later I had less than 1% myeloma proteins in my blood stream. It is now about 2 years out from my transplant and I still have less than 1%, so I am very happy I had the proceedure.
Good luck to your Mom!
I had an autologous stem cell transplant last June after finishing 4 rounds of chemo. There are a lot of factors involved besides age. I am 57, you don't say how old your mom is, and was in good shape going into chemo. My multiple myeloma had not advanced to do any damage so I just had to recover from going neutropenic. It what was worst than any flu I'd ever had and took a very positive attitude to keep going some days. I also had a great support staff surrounding me, which really helped. After the first month just trying to stay out of bed for the day was an effort. Unfortunately I never obtained remission and am back on maintenance. I have no regrets on what I went through. Don't just focus on your mom's age. How healthy is she now? Can she mentally deal with the ups and downs of treatment? Are there friends and family that are in it for the long haul with her?
I had a stem cell transplant I do not know exact age of your Mother but I can tell you this. I do not regret it I have been cancerfree since. There are certain precautions that have to be taken in term of making sure you keep away from young children initially due possibility of catching germs from them. Staying away from crowds until immune system is built back up. Being careful to take care of yourself to be in best of health according to circumstances so other organ are in good working order. I am sure it varies from person to person. With proper care you will be fine. At first you need someone close but as time past you get stronger and stronger.