Man fights rare cancer with twin’s identical stem cells 

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Man fights rare cancer with twin’s identical stem cells 

Stem cells from one twin can fight rare forms of cancer in the other twin.

Bruce and Blair Johanson always knew that they were identical twins, even though a medical intern told their mother when they were born that they were fraternal. Fortunately for Bruce, the intern was wrong. Because they are identical, Blair was able to help save Bruce’s life by donating stem cells to help him fight cancer.

This past spring, a bad upper respiratory infection sent Bruce, 60, to the doctor. A blood test found that his white blood cell counts were off. In May, after more tests, Bruce was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma, a rare form of cancer representing only about 6% of all new cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the United States, according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
After a few months of chemotherapy at home in Arkansas, Bruce was referred to Dr. Julie Vose, chief of the Oncology and Hematology Division in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of Nebraska Medical Center and an expert in the treatment of lymphoma.

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