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Celebrating faculty and staff achievements

Jan. 4, 2018

Increasing access to stem cell transplants; improving survival, QOL for those with scleroderma; biostatistician named chair-elect of AAAS Section on Statistics.

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Fred Hutch/SCCA transplant patient survival above the expected rate in U.S.

For 5th year in a row, bone marrow transplant program receives top recognition

Dec. 22, 2017 | By Molly McElroy

For the fifth year in a row, the Fred Hutch Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has been recognized by the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research as exceeding expectations for one-year survival rates. These survival rates specifically pertain to patients who have received transplants of blood-forming stem cells from healthy donors, a procedure pioneered at Fred Hutch.

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Stem cell transplantation physician-scientist recruited from Australia to join Fred Hutch, SCCA

Dr. Geoffrey Hill will help integrate bone marrow transplantation with emerging cancer immunotherapies

Dec. 7, 2017 | By Molly McElroy

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is appointing world-renowned blood stem cell transplantation physician-scientist Dr. Geoffrey Hill to be director of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, effective July 1.

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'Back to normal life'

Sorting stem cells before transplant helps lower the risk of graft-vs.-host disease, researcher reports

Dec. 5, 2016 | By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service

Patients in a clinical trial, including Dr. Curtis Mack, had lower rates of graft-vs.-host disease when researchers filtered stem cells before transplant, scientists reported Monday.

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Three's a charm in a triple-drug combination for transplant patients

A drug with a storied past offers a new edge against an old foe

Dec. 4, 2016 | By Sabin Russell / Fred Hutch News Service

Discovered nearly 45 years ago in the volcanic soils of fabled Easter Island in the Pacific, a drug first thought of as an antifungal agent has found a new purpose by boosting the survival of leukemia patients after blood stem cell transplants. In a clinical trial conducted by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the addition of a third drug, sirolimus, to a standard two-drug regimen effectively cut in half the incidence of acute graft-vs.-host disease, or GVHD, a common and dangerous complication of these lifesaving procedures.

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The cost of survival

Treatment complications can impact lives for years after cure but some cancers survivors are reluctant to reveal their pain

Nov. 4, 2016 | By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service

Some survivors say it’s hard for those untouched by cancer to understand the scales of life don’t always balance with survival on one side and a jumble of complications heaped on the other.

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