Suzanne Penney was diagnosed with leukemia after aggressive chemotherapy she received for her breast cancer. She decided to undergo an injection of umbilical stem cells – and the procedure saved her life. Doctors tell she can go to run her store, A Pink Ribbon, which is also located in Carlsbad. Penney recovers in the hospital, doctors tell her that her leukemia is in remission.
Penney is not the only instance of the problem. There are many women who suffer from leukemia after chemotherapy during breast cancer. About 1 percent of women develop leukemia after aggressive treatments of chemotherapy, according to health experts.
Penney decided to use an injection of healthy blood cells from infants to help her battle the leukemia. At first, she was against it as she thought it to be against the rule of nature. “When information about stem cells first came out I was against it. I always thought, don’t mess with Mother Nature, and there’s going to be a bunch of cloned people walking around,” she said. Her leukemia is now in remission. Also, her doctors said she could be out of the hospital any day now. The average stem cell transplant runs somewhere between $100,000 and $150,000.