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Doctor insights on: Blood And Bone Marrow Cancer

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How are bone cancer and cancer of the bone marrow different?

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How are bone cancer and cancer of the bone marrow different?

Big difference: Bone cancer is the cancer of bony part of the bone and cancer of the bone marrow is the cancer of blood. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is there a relationship between red blood cell production and bone marrow cancer?

Is there a relationship between red blood cell production and bone marrow cancer?

Yes: The bone marrow is the factory of the blood - every blood cell begins life there. If the bone marrow is full of cancer, or weakened, there is not capacity or energy to produce enough red blood cells. ...Read more

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Will a bone marrow transplant cure bone marrow cancer?

Will a bone marrow transplant cure bone marrow cancer?

Yes: However it depends on the type of cancer, if it is in remission or not ,age of the patient and the type of donor. It also depends on the type of transplant, from self or another donor ...Read more

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Does a bone marrow transplant change your blood cells?

Does a bone marrow transplant change your blood cells?

Who is donor?: This depends--if it is an autologous transplant where a patient receives their own cells then the immune system and blood type are unchanged. An allogeneic transplant comes from donor different than the patient. In this case the immune system changes. Also, if the donor has a different red cell type then the recipient's blood type will change too. ...Read more

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How bad is multiple myeloma with 40% abnormal plasma cells in bone marrow?

How bad is multiple myeloma with 40% abnormal plasma cells in bone marrow?

Depends: The number of plasma cells is not the only determinant of prognosis. Are there bone lesions on x-ray? Is kidney function normal? Has there been a response to therapy? Many patients with 40% plasma cells at diagnosis can do well for years. ...Read more

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How to cure blood cancer after bone marrow transplantation?

How to cure blood cancer after bone marrow transplantation?

Unclear ?: Are you saying that the bone marrow transplantation did not cure the blood cancer? If that is your question, then the choices are limited. You should consult another bone marrow transplant experrt and seek his/her input. Bone marrow transplant can sometimes be repeated...As one option. There are also new/experiemntal drugs which can still help even after failure of the transplant. ...Read more

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Is leukopenia the symptom of bone marrow cancers like leukemia?

Is leukopenia the symptom of bone marrow cancers like leukemia?

Sometimes: Leukopenia (low white blood cell count) can be a symptom of bone marrow cancers like leukemia or myelodysplasia. There are many other less serious reasons to have low white blood cells too. ...Read more

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Can a bone marrow biopsy cause blood in the stool?

Can a bone marrow biopsy cause blood in the stool?

No: No, bone marrow biopsy is taken from the hip bone, they don't go close to the bowels , you should get evaluated though for the bloody stools ! ...Read more

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Can a bone marrow transplant change your blood?

Can a bone marrow transplant change your blood?

Yes: Your blood will then be formed by stem cells given to you from the donor...So your blood will be the same as the donor's blood. ...Read more

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Can I donate blood, plasma or bone marrow with malaria history?

Can I donate blood, plasma or bone marrow with malaria history?

How long ago?: This depends on how long ago you had malaria and whether or not you were adequately treated. If you have traveled to a region known to harbor malaria, you are deferred for 1 year. If you lived there or have been diagnosed with malaria, you are deferred for 3 years adn must remain symptom free. http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/blood_banks.html. ...Read more

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4%plasma cells in bone marrow biopsy-how serious is it?

4%plasma cells in bone marrow biopsy-how serious is it?

Can be normal.: Up to 5% is normal as long as they are not "monoclonal" meaning derived from a cell. If monoclonal then a bone cancer called myeloma needs to be ruled out. If no bone disease, anemia, high calcium or kidney disease answer is MGUS, a pre-cancerous condition with low risk of progression (less than 1% per year). ...Read more

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How dangerous is a bone marrow cancer myeloma?

How dangerous is a bone marrow cancer myeloma?

Very: Multiple myeloma a plasma cell cancer could be very dangerous in some , in others ( the lucky ones ) the diseases can run for years. Have to speak to the treating oncologist good prognostic signs are higher albumin, lower beta 2 microglobulins, , plasma cell dna showing not having high risk chromosomal abnormalities. ...Read more

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Low bone marrow is it a cancer?

Low bone marrow: Not sure what you mean by low bone marrow. Was a bone marrow biopsy performed that shows less than the normal number of cells? Why was the bone marrow looked at in the first place? Please ask the question again with more details. ...Read more

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Does the presence of bright cd8 t-cells on bone marrow biopsy indicate cancer?

Does the presence of bright cd8 t-cells on bone marrow biopsy indicate cancer?

Not really: Presence of cancer cells is only indication of cancer no other cells., to call it a cancer you have to see cancer cells nothing else . Cd-8 t cells are seen in viral infections also . These cells are some times seen surrounding the tumor or inside the tumor which is a good prognostic sign presence of immunity , body is fighting the cancer. ...Read more

Bone Marrow (Definition)

Bone marrow is the flexible tissue found in the interior of bones. In humans, red blood cells are produced in the heads of long bones, in a process known as hematopoesis. On average, bone marrow constitutes 4% of the total body mass of humans; in an adult weighing 65 kilograms (140 lb), bone marrow accounts for approximately ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more