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What is it like going through a bone marrow transplantation?

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Dr. Scott Diede
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Intense regimen...: Typically bone marrow transplants completely destroy (ablate) your marrow, usually using a combination of intense chemo and radiation. The new marrow is infused by iv, and you must wait in hospital for these cells to repopulate your marrow (engraftment). Possible complications include infection and graft versus host disease (gvhd). You will spend alot of time in hospital and have close follow-up.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What's allogeneic bone marrow transplantation like?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 38 years experience
BMT from a donor: Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (bmt) uses another person as the source of stem cells (bone marrow) as opposed to autologous bmt which uses the patient's own cells (usually frozen). Syngeneic bmt uses an identical twin for the donor. Allogeneic donors can be relatives (usually siblings) or totally unrelated. For more info on bmt check out: http://marrow.Org/.
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When should bone marrow transplantation be performed?

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Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Leukemia/Marrow Dis.: The actual indication depends on if it's a child or an adult. Common reasons are red blood disorders (aplastic anemia where red cells aren't made) and cancers of white blood cells (leukemia or lymphoma), multiple myeloma, very aggressive cancer treatments, inherited (genetic) diseases (such as thalassemia), and immune-system disorders (such as congenital neutropenia/low white cell count.
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Which is the procedure of bone marrow transplantation?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Two types of procedu: There are 2 types; autologous(using your own marrow) and allogeneic(using a donors marrow). The marrow is taken either from the bones(hip bone) or from the peripheral blood. For allogeneic marrow transplant, a heavy dose of immune suppressive chemotherapy or radiotherapy is given prior to infusing the marrow. This leads to complete wipe out of blood cells and risk of serious infections for 3-4 wks.

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