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Patti Kennicott, Ottawa, was 62 when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Ten years before, conventional wisdom among doctors would have been that she was too old to receive a stem-cell transplant to treat her cancer, and her chance of survival would have been slim. But Kennicott, now 65, is still alive. She received a stem-cell transplant through the Kansas University Cancer Center's Blood and Marrow Transplant program in February 2011.

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