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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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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


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What lethal diseases are treated with bone marrow or stem cell transplants?

What lethal diseases are treated with bone marrow or stem cell transplants?

Many: The main lethal disease treated with stem cell transplants are hematologic malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Bone marrow failure (aplastic anemia) is also treated with stem cell transplants. Some life-threatening genetic disease can also be treated with a transplant. ...Read more

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What's allogeneic bone marrow transplantation like?

What's allogeneic bone marrow transplantation like?

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/. ...Read more

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Do bone marrow aspirations mean leukemia?

Do bone marrow aspirations  mean leukemia?

No: We do them for several reasons including evaluation for an abnormal cbc. Sometimes we are concerned about leukemia but the other reasons include the following: anemia, low platelets, staging of lymphoma, monitoring therapy. Hope this helps. ...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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Are bone marrow transplants painful?

Are bone marrow transplants painful?

Side effects: There are many effects which can be unpleasant like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea amd mouth sores. Depending on how the transplant is done the mouth sores can be severe and painful. There can be abdominal pain or bone pain in some patients. ...Read more

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Why are umbilical cord stem cells sometimes uses along with donor cells in an allogeneic bone marrow transplant?

Why are umbilical cord stem cells sometimes uses along with donor cells in an allogeneic bone marrow transplant?

One of the other: Stem cells can be obtained from 3 different sources: from Bone marrow of the Donor, blood of the donor or stem cells from umbilical cord. But we have to give an adequate number(Dose) of stem cells in order to have full protection. So combining them may only be needed because of inadequate number of stem cells from one of the sources ...Read more

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Can someone with type 1 diabetes donate bone marrow or stem cells?

Can someone with type 1 diabetes donate bone marrow or stem cells?

Yes: The potential donor would have to be screened based on the entire health picture. Diabetes is not a contraindication to stem cell donation. ...Read more

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Can stem cell transplants cure multiple myeloma?

Can stem cell transplants cure multiple myeloma?

Remission: Multiple myeloma is treated classically with chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation. Both modalities can put the disease on remission and prolong life substantially. I personally do not offer allogeneic stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma unless on clinical trial or under very stringent circumstances. Multiple myeloma remains an incurable but very treatable disease. ...Read more

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Reticulocytes low, pancytopenia, & bone marrow destruction indicates which type of anemia?

Reticulocytes low, pancytopenia, & bone marrow destruction indicates which type of anemia?

Complex problem: It appears that your bone marrow is not making new blood, so you have anemia due to the failure of production. If you have pancytopenia then the problem is much more than anemia alone. Such situation are either due to leukemia or preleukemic conditions like Myelodysplastic syndrome(MDS). You need a blood specialist to help you sort it out and guide you further. ...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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Could stem cells prevent need for a bone marrow transplant?

Could stem cells prevent need for a bone marrow transplant?

NO: Bone marrow transplant is a stem cell procedure. This can be your own bone marrow stem cells, a family member or match for bone marrow or embryonic stem cells. ...Read more

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What are complications post- bone marrow transplant?

What are complications post- bone marrow transplant?

Many!: Risks are lower if you had your own cells (autologous) or a twin's cells (syngeneic), and higher if you had someone else's (allogeneic). There are short-term and long-term risks. Risks include graft vs host disease, infections (some fatal), liver problems, bleeding, cataracts, infertility, heart damage, lung damage, kidney damage, and others. ...Read more

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What type of leukemia involves immature white blood cells: lymphocytic or myeloid?

What type of leukemia involves immature white blood cells: lymphocytic or myeloid?

Leukemias: Acute leukemias are those with large numbers of immature cells that grow quickly. They can be either myeloid or lymphoid in lineage. Chronic leukemias have more mature cells, a longer course, but can also be myeloid or lymphoid. A hematologist/oncologist is generally the treating physician, and a hematopathologist is the one who give the specific syping. ...Read more

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Does embryonic stem cells came from the bone marrow?

Does embryonic stem cells came from the bone marrow?

Stem cells: There are many types of stem cells that reside in the bone marrow. They technically aren't "embryonic" stem cells, since those by definition are derived from an embryo. The stem cells that exist in your bone marrow, however, share many of the characteristics of embryonic stem cells. ...Read more

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Do doctors get non-embryonic stem cells from bone marrow?

Do doctors get non-embryonic stem cells from bone marrow?

Yes: Mostly hematopoietic (blood) cells and a few mesenchymal (mscs) can be obtained from bone marrow aspiration. Trends in most non-blood applications is to use fat tissues, which have many more mscs that bone marrow. Choice of which depends on specific conditions being treated. ...Read more

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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