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what are the benefits of a blood and bone marrow transplant?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Treatment: The point of a bone marrow transplant (there is no "blood" transplant) is to allow your bone marrow to produce red and white blood cells. This is typically done for a disease of the bone marrow that has resulted in marrow failure or a hematologic malignancy that requires treatment that essentially wipes out the bone marrow. Your hematologist should be able to tell you more.
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Cure diseases: A bmt or stem cell transplant replaces a patient's bone marrow with that of someone else (allogeneic transplant) or by a patient's own marrow as a rescue from very high dose chemotherapy. With allogeneic transplant for cancers, the new bone marrow can attack and destroy cancer cells that it recognizes as bad, even though the patient's immune system failed to do that.

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How will we know if the blood and bone marrow transplant is working?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
Doctors will know: This is one where it would be impossible to know on your own. Doctors depend on a whole serious of tests and later possibly imaging studies and bone marrow tests to know if the transplant is working. They should tell you how your progress is going.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of a blood and bone marrow transplant?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Hopefully none...: The most feared side effect from what you posted is rejection! hopefully with the proper medical regimen this will not occur; then one has to consider the potential side effects of the anti-rejection meds...It gets complicated. Best of luck!

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