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Doctor insights on: Can A Bone Marrow Transplant Save A Terminally Ill Lymphoma Patient

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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Is it possible for a bone marrow transplant save a terminally ill lymphoma patient?

Is it possible for a bone marrow transplant save a terminally ill lymphoma patient?

Possibly: Bone marrow transplants can be used in advance stage lymphomas but if some terminally i'll patients who are very sick may not qualify for this procedure. This question is best addressed by your cancer doctor. ...Read more

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Can a patient with lymphoma recover by having a bone marrow transplant?

Can a patient with lymphoma recover by having a bone marrow transplant?

Recover?: What do you mean by recover? A bone marrow or stem cell transplant can be part of the therapy for lymphomas. For some types of lymphoma it can help improve the chances of curing the cancer. It's role is depedent on many factors that would need to be discussed with an oncologist. ...Read more

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How does a bone marrow transplant affect a person with hodgkin's lymphoma?

Can be curative: There are a small percentage of hodgkin lymphoma patients who do not respond to standard therapy or relapse after it. For those, stem cell transplant may be an option that can provide cure. We have learned to offer the transplant earlier in the course before a patient has too many failed treatments because there are more complications and a higher death rate in late treatment. ...Read more

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How can a bone marrow transplant affect a person with hodgkins lymphoma?

It is potentially cu: Using bone marrow transplant to treat hodgkin disease is commonly done procedure and has high success rate. It is typically done in patients who do not achieve good results with first line of chemotherapy.It is a curative procedure in more than half of such patients. ...Read more

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What are the effects of a bone marrow transplant on a person with hodgkins lymphoma ?

Sometimes: A transplant is typically is used for lymphoma that has relapsed. It can be effective as long as the lymphoma is responsive to chemotherapy. The percentage of cure is dependent on type of lymphoma. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my brother has hodgkins lymphoma and he had a bone marrow transplant and got gvhd, what will happen now?

What do you suggest if my brother has hodgkins lymphoma and he had a bone marrow transplant and got gvhd, what will happen now?

Immune reaction: Graft versus host disease (GvHD) occurs following an allogeneic bone marrow transplant where donated marrow cells view your brothers body as foreign, and attack his body. A Factor that increase acute GvHD, is the HLA match, which causes donor cells to recognize recipient cells as foreign, leading to an immune response.This causes an increased risk of infection, rash etc treated with steroids ...Read more

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Boyfriend has sunburn. He had bone marrow transplant as kid for Burkitt's Lymphoma. Sunburn could cause blood to react. What should he look out for?

Boyfriend has sunburn. He had bone marrow transplant as kid for Burkitt's Lymphoma. Sunburn could cause blood to react. What should he look out for?

Nothing special: I'm happy for this young man, both for his having gotten a second chance at life through scientific medicine, and that he has you. Thankfully, there's nothing special that he needs to worry about, given that he's done so well over all these years. Sunburn actually has negligible impact on any chemical or immune parameters. Perhaps he would enjoy having you rub sunscreen all over him. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When after a bone marrow transplant does a patient has to stay in the hospital?

When after a bone marrow transplant does a patient has to stay in the hospital?

Varies alot: It depends upon engraftment (when the blood count rises enough to be safe) and on complications. Usually no less than about 3 weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Bone Marrow Transplant (Definition)

This refers to using chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy to treat patients and then replacing their bone marrow cells with their own stem cells (autologous transplant) or a donors stem cells (allogeneic transplant). Bone marrow transplant generally refers to using bone marrow cells but is often used when using stem cells collected ...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