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When Cancer & Pregnancy Collide

Transplant

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Transplant

By Christmas 2009, the cancer was gone. Chances that it would return hovered around 95 percent, the doctors said.

To lower them, Minnie would need to undergo a stem-cell transplant -- a process that involved removing her own stem cells, thoroughly "scrubbing" her system with chemotherapy agents to clear the lymphoma and then reinjecting the stem cells.

A year later when the Christmas decorations came out, "the cancer was completely gone," Minnie said. And it remains so today.

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