Stem Cell Harvests

Whether the presence of tumor cell contamination in peripheral stem cell collections correlates with earlier relapse of breast cancer, as well as whether different approaches to stem cell mobilization may lead to differing levels of tumor cell contamination, has been debated for several years. The literature reflects this confusion, with numerous conflicting studies.4,59,60 Larger studies with standardized methods are needed to determine the clinical utility of this type of testing.

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