In a New York Patient
March 17, 2023 3:23 PM   Subscribe

Happy, hopeful tears.
posted by rrrrrrrrrt at 4:14 PM on March 17

And from umbilical cord blood?!
posted by rrrrrrrrrt at 4:17 PM on March 17

For those who don't read to the end, this is a treatment that is only appropriate for HIV patients who also have a life threatening cancer, as it involves destruction of the immune system to treat the cancer prior to the stem cell transplant.
posted by mark k at 9:27 PM on March 17 [5 favorites]

Yes, it's itself a life-threatening treatment, though not as dangerous as it was (for other types of illnesses) 30 years ago.
posted by praemunire at 11:25 PM on March 17

Not as dangerous, still can absolutely kill you and will likely render you about as immunosuppressed as an AIDS patient for at least a few years until your B cells recover from their memory wipe and your T cells settle down from being suppressed in lieu of graft vs. hosting.

This is really cool and I hope even better treatments are coming.
posted by sibboleth at 9:54 AM on March 18 [2 favorites]

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