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Stem cell transplant saves dad with recurring cancer [VIDEO]

Posted by James Andrews on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 @ 12:07 PM

Sugarland Father saved by his sister's stem cellsA father in Sugar Land stared down cancer three different times. The last time he needed a critical stem-cell transplant to save his life. But, many cancer patients don't get that chance.

But Kenneth is alive nine years later because his sister gave him stem cells. Her matching cells allowed doctors at MD Anderson to blast his cancer with high dose drugs then build him back up with her cells.

 

To Kenneth and Clara Woo, it seemed like every time they were happy about the birth of a baby, Kenneth got cancer. The first time, their oldest child was a month old. Clara was taking care of her, but it was Kenneth who was out of energy.

"So she said Kenneth, what's going on? You don't help. You don't want to help?" Kenneth said.

The architect had a grapefruit-sized tumor near his aorta. Kenneth survived, but two years later, just weeks before their second child was born, he was diagnosed with cancer again!

"So it was quite hard on both of us because I cannot hold my baby but she has to take care of three babies -- my older one, the younger one and me," Kenneth said.

Treatment for the second cancer was tougher. But he recovered, only to develop a third cancer -- leukemia, caused by treatments for the first cancers.

"We were kinda discouraged and scared because we know he may be dying any day," Clare said.

But Kenneth is alive nine years later because his sister gave him stem cells. Her matching cells allowed doctors at MD Anderson to blast his cancer with high dose drugs then build him back up with her cells.

Kenneth and Clara have watched others die, waiting for a match.

"We knew that we were really blessed to be able to find a match, and not everyone was able to do that," Clara said.

In Houston, at the largest cancer center in the world, one in four patients who need a stem cell transplant go without because they don't have a match. Banking family stem cells could one day be a standard procedure to ensure that a close match exists and is available.

Until recently baking stem cells was really only done at birth by preserving the cord blood but new, viable and potent sources of stem cells have become available such as dental pulp (the tissue inside a tooth).

Learn more about family stem cell banking:

Free stem cell info kit

Tags: Dental Stem Cells, Research, Healthcare, Regenerative Medicine, Adult Stem Cells

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