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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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Can bone marrow transplant affect fertility?

Can bone marrow transplant affect fertility?

Yes: Both male and female fertility can be affected with either temporary or permanent infertility resulting. Many patients undergoing transplant are already infertile due to the treatment already given for their cancers. There are strategies to preserve sperm or eggs before transplant if desired. ...Read more

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How is bone marrow donated?

How is bone marrow donated?

Under gen anesthesia: Donating bone marrow for transplantation entails a procedure called bone marrow harvesting. The donor is placed under general anesthesia and turned over to lie on his/her belly to expose the hip bones on the back. Multiple aspirations of bone marrow are collected (average about 1 liter) at adjacent sites on the hip bone on both sides until a particular number of cells are reached. ...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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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 does aplastic anemia and bone marrow transplant relate?

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Aplastic anemia: Aplastic anemia is a condition where for some unclear reason the bone marrow fails to produce normal blood cells. It could be due to underlying genetic mutation plus environmental -i.e. Drugs, chemical agent, infection, etc. Immunosupressant agent has been used to treat aplastic anemia with some response. Allogeneic bone marrow transplant will be the treatment of choice to cure the disease. ...Read more

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Does bone marrow broth help MDS?

Does bone marrow broth help MDS?

No.: MDS is caused by an acquired defect in the bone marrow cells that make blood. It is not a deficiency problem. There is no dietary supplement that will help. ...Read more

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Will a bone marrow transplant hinder broken hip recovery?

Will a bone marrow transplant hinder broken hip recovery?

Yes: People need a performance status to go through transplant. Ideally people should have healed from a broken hip before going through a transplant. Patients after transplant may need steroids and that can make the problem worse. Someone with myeloma or lymphoma needing an auto can have this issue addressed before a transplant to get better benefit ...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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Help can bone marrow continiously release lymphocytes everyday?

Help can bone marrow continiously release lymphocytes everyday?

Yes: This is clear when Rituxan (rituximab) is used for lymphoma. The target is CD20 which is found on the lymphoma cell but also all lymphocyte. Even though this drug attacks the normal lymphocyte to reduce its population dangerously, the level is maintained since the marrow releases normal lymphocytes from precursors cells every day. The precursor cells don't have CD 20, are not effected . ...Read more

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Does a bone marrow transplant hurt?

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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Positive, intense uptake on bone scan, lose spinal hardware, bone marrow edema , family history, paternal taking Forteo to strengthen bones. ??ideas?

For one: You probably should remove the hardware. Increased uptake is informing you there is bone activity. You don't state on what phase. This could indicate a fracture or infection.... The doctor should have a clinical suspicion of what he is looking for. If removing the hardware a bone biopsy can be performed if suspecting infection. ...Read more

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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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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 does leukemia affect bone marrow?

How does leukemia affect bone marrow?

Yes: Leukemia is a cancer of blood cells and almost by definition includes the bone marrow. I can't think of an exception to bone marrow involvement in leukemia (although maybe some case report does exist...). ...Read more

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How long does the autologous bone marrow transplantation take?

About 4-6 weeks: There are 2 steps- the first is to collect your stem cells which usually is a 5-15 day process. Then the next step is the transplant phase which usually involves about a week of therapy, then getting your own saved cells thawed and infused back to you like a blood transfusion (over an hour for instance), then 2-4 weeks of recovery. ...Read more

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