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How often does a bone marrow transplant not work, and the leukemia cells come back?

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Dr. Ronald Friedman
Hematology and Oncology 44 years experience
Please give more inf: Depends on many factors including the type of leukemia, age, type of transplant. A more specific question would be easier to give an adequate response. In general allogeneic transplants for AML in remission usually have a leukemia free relapse rate of greater than 50%.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Variable: The success and failure rate of a bone marrow transplant is dependent on factors such as the type of leukemia, prior therapies the patient has had, type of transplant, and the number of times the leukemia has relapsed in the past. Please ask the question again with more details.
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Depends,....: The specific leukemia, remission status at transplant, chemo/radiation used to do the transplant etc all must be considered to provide more information on this issue.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

How often does a bone marrow transplant not help with leukemia?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
It depends.: The risk of relapse depends on a number of factors, such as whether the patient is in remission, the type of leukemia, and pre-transplant prognostic factors. It also depends upon whether the transplant is autologous (from themselves as donor) or allogeneic (from someone else). The relapse risk can be from modest to almost certain depending on these factors.

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