Your Health: Sep. 25, 2000


SURVIVORS An experimental bone-marrow transplant may help treat kidney cancer, a disease so virulent that once it spreads, it kills half its victims within a year. Stem cells--the primordial cells that give rise to new cell lines--are collected from bone marrow. Once transplanted, they generate a new immune system, one that's capable of fighting off the cancer. The technique has been tried on only 19 patients, all terminally ill, but the results are promising. Although 10 died, two from the treatment itself, the others saw their malignancy shrink or completely disappear.

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