A 44-year-old member asked:
What is it like going through a bone marrow transplantation?
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A Verified Doctoranswered
31 years experience
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 21-year-old member asked:
When should bone marrow transplantation be performed?
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Dr. Michael Carsonanswered
Internal Medicine 31 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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A 37-year-old member asked:
Which is the procedure of bone marrow transplantation?
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Dr. Sewa Leghaanswered
Medical Oncology 52 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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Last updated Dec 9, 2013
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