LV Topper Cancer Institute Offers Stem Cell Transplants

Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute has recently launched its Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program, offering closer-to-home treatment for individuals with certain blood disorders and cancers. Previously, patients had to travel to unfamiliar hospitals outside of the area for stem cell transplants. Thanks to generous donations from Joe and Maureen Topper and Tom and Karin Hall, patients can now receive this life-saving treatment in their own community.

Stem cell transplants are a treatment option for various conditions, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome, myelofibrosis, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The procedure involves destroying diseased cells in the patient’s body and infusing healthy blood-forming stem cells to restore the bone marrow.

Dr. Suresh Nair, physician in chief at Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute, emphasized the importance of dedicated support for patients undergoing stem cell transplants, as they require extensive testing, outpatient appointments, and hospital stays. The comfort of having family and community members close by throughout the treatment journey can greatly impact emotional health. The Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program is led by hematologist Dr. Amir Toor, who brings more than 20 years of experience and expertise in the field.

This development is a significant advancement in cancer care within the region, demonstrating Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute’s commitment to improving patient outcomes and providing specialized care. The program includes designated spaces for stem cell collection and inpatient care, ensuring the safety and well-being of patients undergoing treatment.

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