How are stem cells used to treat AIDS-related lymphoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
If you have AIDS-related lymphoma, you may be treated with chemotherapy drugs or radiation. These treatments can kill cancer cells, but they can also hurt your body's ability to rebuild blood cells. In some cases, you may be given an infusion of special cells called stem cells after chemotherapy is finished. Stem cells have the ability to grow new blood cells. Your own stem cells may be used, or stem cells may be collected from the bone marrow or blood of a donor.

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