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    Side Effects (Shortness of breath)

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): Stem cell completed. Get to go home after 6 weeks in the hospital.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I had monthly rounds of chemo from May, 2013 to October, 2013. In October I had a stem cell collection in preparation for a stem cell transplant using my own stem cells. November 20, 2013 had a successful stem cell transplant.

    The strong chemo I was given the week before the transplant has left me with shortness of breath when I exert myself. Although I was diagnosed with COPD in 2006 and experience very minimal shortness of breath pre-chemo for transplant,

    I had respiratory function tests in January of this year and went to see a lung specialist. He compared the function tests from the ones I had prior to the transplant in August to the current one in January. He saw noticeable changes in the three numbers he looks at. He did say however, that he did not think it was advancement of my COPD. He thinks it is from the treatment I received and said he HOPED it would improve over time. I go back to see my oncologist (at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Chicago) next week. He will do another set of Respiratory Function tests on me to see if my lungs have worsened or improved. He mentioned something about giving me steroids to help heal my lungs. I'm just praying that my lung function improves.

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