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Kingston This Week Frontenac This Week Thursday, May 12, 2011 Future looks 'rosy' at stem cell centre Martha Tanner a gift. cells in bone marrow which affects Kingston This Week Life hasn't been the same for Michel Feuiltault since receiving a dose of chemotherapy potent enough to kill him. Now, he says, every day is For that, Feuiltault will always be grateful to Kingston General Hospital, where the 65 year old Adolphustown resident underwent a successful stem cell transplant last year to treat multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma mainly older adults. Last week, Feuiltault and other cancer survivors returned to KGH to celebrate its 125th stem cell transplant and to share their stories. Feuiltault had persistent flu like symptoms when he consulted his doctor Adidas Hoodie Grey And Blue in late 2009. A blood test revealed Adidas Sweatshirts Grey

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that his kidneys were failing. Subsequent tests indicated that he had cancer. "I'd never been in hospi tal once in my life," he says. "I can't even describe the kind of shock I felt." Left untreated, his prognosis was months. "One of the options still available to me was a stem cell transplant," he explains. "Th e advantage is that, once Martha Tanner Kingston This Week Rose Marie Doucette, Stem Cell Unit Coordinator at Kingston General Hospital, celebrates the hospitals 125th stem cell transplant with cancer survivors Michel Feuiltault, right, transplant 95, and Bill you go through it, there is less Dunlop, transplant 118. 'maintenance' on the other side, no pills to take. It gives cancer," explains Dr. John Matthews, rate for patients with multiple mye you a better quality of life." a haematologist. "But if you do Adidas Pink Tracksuit Men

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that, loma is five or six years, although In a stem cell transplant, you kill the blood as well. So we take some can live over 10 years or longer normal cells are harvested stem cells from the blood and we send without relapsing. from the patient, processed them to Ottawa to be processed and "Eventually the disease may take and frozen. When enough frozen. When we have enough, we over," says Feuiltault, "but I'm going to stem cells for two possible give the patient a big dose of chemo fi ght to the end. transplants have been coltherapy and the stem cells rescue the "Having this disease has altered lected, the patient is given a patient from blood failure. my life drastically. What used to be higher than standard dose "It takes 14 days for the stem cells important doesn't bother me any of chemotherapy to destroy to make blood again. It's quite a high more. What is important are people, the myeloma cells. risk." relationships." However, since this also destroys the normal bone marrow, blood stem cells are reintroduced into the bloodstream. Th e blood cells travel to the bone marrow, where they begin to produce new red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. "What you want to do is give the patient a big dose of chemotherapy to kill the But it's also highly successful, with only a one to fi ve per cent risk of fatality during the transplant. Of the 125 performed at KGH, two patients died during the transplant procedure, and 97 are still alive. "There are so many variables," says Rose Marie Doucette, Stem Cell Unit Coordinator. "Some have a very aggressive form of the disease. It all depends on the disease and how the body reacts." On average, she says, the survival Kingston General Hospital is the only centre in the region that offers this highly specialized treatment. It performed its fi rst stem cell transplant on January 21, 2005 and its 125th on May 2. Looking around the room at the transplant survivors gathered to celebrate that milestone, Matthews hailed them as heroes for their immense courage and emotional fortitude. "Th e future is rosy, and that's it," he concluded.

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