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

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 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!
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
There are many: It depends on the type of transplant. If you get your own cells (autologous) there is no risk of rejection and no need for rejection medicines but there can be nausea, diarrhea, mouth sores and others. If you get donor cells (allogeneic) you often need immune suppressing meds and there are many more side effects including graft-versus-host disease where the immune system attacks your body.

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

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 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.

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