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How long after bone marrow transplant does a patient stay in the hospital?

How long after bone marrow transplant does a patient stay in the hospital?

Depends: It depends on things such as the type of transplant (autologous with the patient's own cells or allogeneic with a donor's cells), chemotherapy regimen used for the transplant, the patient's health status, and also the transplant center. At some centers a transplant can be done as an outpatient. For inpatient transplants the stay is generally 3-6 weeks. Discuss with your bmt physician.

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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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.

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How long will I be in the hospital after a blood and bone marrow transplant?

How long will I be in the hospital after a blood and bone marrow transplant?

This varies: With many of the peripheral blood stem cell transplants, some programs do the whole procedure as an outpatient, keeping the patient close to the center because they will need daily followup for awhile. Other programs have the patients in hospital for about 2 weeks. Patients with other serious problems may end up staying for longer times...4-6 weeks, but this is not as common as it used to be.

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Do bone marrow transplant patients have to take immunosuppressive drugs forever?

Do bone marrow transplant patients have to take immunosuppressive drugs forever?

Not Necessarily: Following autologous bone marrow/stem cell transplantation, no immunosuppressive drugs are prescribed because there is no risk of graft-versus-host disease (gvhd). However, after an allogeneic (donor) bone marrow-stem cell transplantation, immunosuppressive medications are given generally for up to 1 year. An attempt is made to taper these off by the end of 1 year especially if no gvhd is seen.

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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.

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How do you treat a bk virus in a bone marrow transplant patient?

Adjust immune meds: We don't have much options when it comes to bk virus - it doesn't cause much robles except when it comes to transplants. The simplest solution most teams will consider attempting, is to adjust the medications used for immunosuppression - however, this will be weighed against the risk of the organ being rejected. Hope this explanation helps!

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What do patients experience getting a bone marrow transplant?

Intense regimen...: Typically bone marrow transplants completely destroy (ablate) your marrow, usually using a combination of intense chemo and radiation. The new marrow is infused by iv, and you must wait in hospital for these cells to repopulate your marrow (engraftment). Possible complications include infection and graft versus host disease (gvhd). You will spend alot of time in hospital and have close follow-up.

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What does a patient go through before having a bone marrow transplant. And after the transplant?

It's complicated.: There are different protoclos but generally it starts with drugs to supress or destroy recipient bone marrow, and drugs to block the immune system so the graft can "take". Blood counts are low, and infections occur, transfusions needed. Once engrafted, worry is graft vs host disease and powerful immunosupressive drugs are given to prevent or treat gvhd. Sites are lung, liver, skin, GI tract.

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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.

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How unsafe is it for bone marrow transplant patients to smoke marajuana?

How unsafe is it for bone marrow transplant patients to smoke marajuana?

BMT smoker: I do not think pot smoking can affect bmt patient if tobacco is not much used. On the other hand, I would not use marijuana for anything.

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I was wondering is bone marrow transplant mandatory for aml patients?

No: Bone marrow transplants are generally reserved for younger, otherwise healthy patients. Such patients who have an excellent response to induction and favorable molecular/cytogenetic risk may be able to avoid a transplant from a donor and may be able to just get high dose consolidation chemotherapy or an reinfusion of their own stem cells.

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We have a patient suffering from secondary myelofibrosis requiring bone marrow transplant. Donor is refusing on accounts of side effects?

We have a patient suffering from secondary myelofibrosis requiring bone marrow transplant. Donor is refusing on accounts of side effects?

What is the question: Can you rephrase your question? What kind of side effects that the donor is afraid of. Perhaps, better understanding and communication about the procedure, the possible aes to the donor and answering the question will help the donor understand the situation. However, if the donor does not want to help- then nobody can force the donor. Other option is to use mud (matched unrelated donor) or cord blood. Meanwhile, jakafi (ruxolitinib) can be considered for symptoms relief.

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How good is the bone marrow transplant for a sickle cell patient?

Very!: If a patient with sickle cell disease has a well-matched donor and gets through the transplant procedure safely with good engraftment of the donor bone marrow, they will be converted to normal or sickle trait depending on the donor.

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If the patient have no brother and sister then bone marrow transplant is possible? If possible then who can be?

Donor pool: In the us there are several centers that maintain the tissue and blood type profiles of persons who volunteer to be marrow donors. While it is much more common for close family to be considered, unrelated persons can be screened for compatibility.

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If a stage four lung cancer patient is spread to the bones, would having a bone marrow transplant increase the likelihood of survival?

If a stage four lung cancer patient is spread to the bones, would having a bone marrow transplant increase the likelihood of survival?

No: Bone marrow transplant would not treat the primary tumor and would be ineffective. A bone marrow transplant would introduce such high risks that it would most likely hasten the patient's demise.

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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