OK, seat belts on, target set. Let’s go on a journey of cell-f discovery. Get it? Cell-f discovery. …Just push the button, Donny..
All right, these are stem cells. Straight from a healthy person’s bone marrow.
Now these little guys are like the Tom Hardy of the immune system. Everyone loves them, because they can perform almost any role. Like transforming into non-cancerous white blood cells, for example.
The stem cells come from the bone marrow, Professor? Did you have to drill into someone’s bones to get it? Was it painful?
Get with the times, Donny. 9 out of 10 times, we just take your stem cells directly from the bloodstream. (The rest of the time, they’re taken from the marrow under general anaesthetic.) We’ve been doing it this way since 2001. Ethan here doesn’t look too unhappy, does he?
So. We’ve got a sick person with cancerous white blood cells. And we’ve got some stem cells, which can *make* healthy white blood cells.
Now. Let’s make the magic happen.
The important, lifesaving questions
Well, that ain't true.
Nine times out of 10, your stem cells are collected through the blood. It's a simple outpatient procedure - unsurprisingly enough, pretty similar to giving blood. You just sit for about four hours while a machine withdraws blood from one arm, separates the stem cells, and then returns the blood through the other arm. Just think of yourself as a lifesaving juicer.
In 10% of cases, the stem cells are taken from the bone marrow in the hip; this is done under general anaesthetic, so there isn't any pain. (You probably will feel sore afterwards. But, you know, you just saved a life.)
I mean, you could be right there. Maybe.
Except we do have a bunch of testimonials from people who say, 'Actually, it's completely the opposite.' Read some of their amazing stories here.