CureOrBust wrote:I haven't done much (well, none actually) research on this treatment. However, from my understanding of this film, the chemo wipes out the immune system, and the body rebuilds it, without the auto-reactive cells.
Now, would that not also wipe out a persons built up immune responses to common viral/bacteria such as the measles?
When heavy duty chemo drugs are given to anyone, it not only knocks the immune system for a loop but every organ in your body will feel the effect of this kind of treatment. Your entire system goes into "overdrive", especially if your immune system is being "changed".
It is not surprising that some MS patients react positively to this since their entire body is being turned upside down. Everything is working overtime and one may see some major improvements in symptoms. It appears to be like a roll of the dice as some people rebound and do well while others don't benefit at all. And to answer your question about losing your immune system's response to normal bacteria etc....yes, the patient is very vulnerable to this problem when the immune system is depleted by such a procedure. Only after the immune system gets built up again does the severe danger go away.