Are Stem Cell Transplants an Option for Lymphoma Patients with HIV?

People who are HIV positive are at a much greater risk of contracting lymphoma, and around 10 percent of Americans who are HIV infected are expected to develop lymphoma at some point in their lives.

In this video from the Rare Disease Report, shared in December 2014,  Dr. Joseph Alvarnas from the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California, discusses in detail the very promising results of a clinical trial of autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplants (AHCT) in HIV patients with Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Find out more about how lymphoma is the leading cause of death among HIV patients. 

“The question was, can we take these patients and offer them autologous transplant … [at] centers that don’t normally manage HIV patients? What we found was we could effectively treat these patients with quite excellent outcomes,” Dr. Alvarnas says in the video.

Read a report about this clinical trial, and how patients with HIV-associated lymphoma who receive autologous hematopoietic cell transplants (AHCT) have similar survival and complication rates to non-HIV lymphoma patients.

 

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