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How big is the chance of any one person needing a bone marrow transplant?

How big is the chance of any one person needing a bone marrow transplant?

15,000 a year: It is hard to answer because the number of diseases that require bone marrow transplant vary, and the types of cells used also very. It is estimated that about 15, 000 patients need a bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant in the us each year; according to the health resources and services administration. http://bloodcell.transplant.hrsa.gov/about/general_faqs/index.html. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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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Does the chances of surviving a bone marrow transplant reduce if you have no spleen?

Does the chances of surviving a bone marrow transplant reduce if you have no spleen?

No: Patients who have had a splenectomy can be at increased risk for some bacterial infection, but such problems would be carefully followed in a patient after bmt. ...Read more

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My 7 year old has been diagnosed with fanconi aneamia will a bone marrow transplant cure it ? What are the chances of developing cancers? Help

My 7 year old has been diagnosed with fanconi aneamia will a bone marrow transplant cure it ? What are the chances of developing cancers? Help

Fanconi anemia: This genetic disorder eventually causes bone marrow failure, and approximately 10% will develop other types of cancers such as leukemia. Bone marrow transplant can prolong life but risk of cancers remains. ...Read more

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Any advice to a person who is getting a bone marrow transplant next week?

Any advice to a person who is getting a bone marrow transplant next week?

Be ready : Be ready physically and mentally. Keep your positive attitude. Also, you may want to pack some personal items, including things like books, laptop, music/gadgets, bible etc- things that you can do to kill some time. You would be in the hospital for a few weeks by yourself in an isolated room. You will need to have something to kill your boredom and keep your sanity. Good luck and god bless you. ...Read more

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

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 common for person to have consistent fevers from chemo, just before having a bone marrow transplant?

How common for person to have consistent fevers from chemo, just before having a bone marrow transplant?

Depends: It depends on the type of chemotherapy you are getting and the type of cancer that is being treated. Although some types of cancers, like leukemias, can cause fevers themselves, it usually isn't a good sign that you are having fevers. Sometimes this is expected but almost always needs a closer look by your doctor. Please call your doctor as soon as possible. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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

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 ?

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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Might there be any reasons, other than cancer, to need a bone marrow transplant in a shoulder?

Might there be any reasons, other than cancer, to need a bone marrow transplant in a shoulder?

Unclear?: The shoulder part of your question makes no sense? Bone marrow transplants are delivered iv. ...Read more

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What is a bone marrow transplant?

What is a bone marrow transplant?

See below: A bone marrow transplant is the replacement of blood forming elements. The transplant is actually done with peripheral blood stem cells, and infused like a blood transfusion. The need for a transplant is because the treatment for certain diseases requires high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy that will destroy one's marrow completely. This then requires replacement with another's marrow. ...Read more

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Does a bone marrow transplant hurt?

Bone marrow : The actual infusion of the cells does not hurt. The side effects of the chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy that are part of the preparative regimen of the transplant can be unpleasant. This can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mouth sores, infections. ...Read more

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Is a bone marrow transplant painful?

Is a bone marrow transplant painful?

No: A bone marrow or peripheral blood (pb) stem cell transplant (sct) is not painful. There are various "induction" treatments that depend on the type of cancer or disease to "condition" or get rid of the cancer (& normal) cells. A sct then "rescues" the bone marrow by returning self (autologous sct) cells or cells from another (allogeneic sct). The sct itself is similar to a blood infusion. ...Read more

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How is a bone marrow transplant done?

How is a bone marrow transplant done?

Let me explain: 1-we have to have a donor who donate that, we do collect the bone marrow from him we call this step (harvesting) 2-we have to transplant this marrow to the recipient (patient receiving the bone marrow). 3-both involve special collecting method and method of delivery , done under anesthesia use some big needles to harvest. Some time require small surgery under anesthesia. ...Read more

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How painful is a bone marrow transplant?

Variable: The actual transplant which is the reinfusion of the bone marrow or stem cells is not painful. However there can be side effects to the radiation and/or chemotherapy used to treat the patient before the stem cell infusion. Depending on how the transplant is done those treatments can cause some unpleasant side effects including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and mouth sores among other things. ...Read more

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What is bone marrow transplant used for?

What is bone marrow transplant used for?

Certain cancers: Blood stem cell or bone marrow transplantation is used to treat certain hematologic malignancies (blood cancers) such as leukemia. They can also be used for bone marrow failure, certain hemoblglobin disorders such as sickle cell anemia, and some genetic disorders. ...Read more

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Can you die from a bone marrow transplant?

Yes: Depends on patient's condition , type of transplant, auto or allo, type of conditioning and subsequent complication. The simple answer is yes ppl can die but we don't do the procedure to let people die , we do it to save them. The question is what is the risk and what is the alternative. We know we can die of driving, but we take the risk. ...Read more

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What is involved in a bone marrow transplant?

What is involved in a bone marrow transplant?

Transplant: Also called as stem cell transplant involve stem cell collection from patient or donor, followed by high dose chemotherapy to wipe out marrow and then stem cell infusion back to patient. Finally bone marrow recovery and response to stem cell transplant. ...Read more

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Could I have a second bone marrow transplant?

Depends: What type of transplant did you have the first time? Myeloma -routinely cells are saved for 2 auto transplants If you need a second allo depends on disease and patient's condition and also on prior complications ...Read more

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What happens during a bone marrow transplant?

What happens during a bone marrow transplant?

Replace bone marrow: A bmt or stem cell transplant replaces a patient's bone marrow with that of someone else. There has to be treatment to supress the patient's own bone marrow and immune system to allow the new cells to take hold. The stem cells are given IV like a blood transfusion. The first 90 days are high risk, with low blood counts, infections & graft vs host disease the big issues. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of bone marrow transplant?

What are the benefits of bone marrow transplant?

Transplant: Most of the time transplant is done to achieve complete and longer remission. ...Read more

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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