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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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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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What are common complications after bone marrow transplant?

What are common complications after bone marrow transplant?

Infections and GVHD: Common complications after a bone marrow transplant include being susceptible to a wide range of infectious agents (viruses, bacteria and fungi). In addition, graft versus host disease (gvhd) can occur where the immune cells from the donor recognize the host (patient) as foreign. Gvhd can range from a mild skin rash and a little nausea to being chronically debilitating or fatal. ...Read more

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How change blood type after bone marrow transplant?

How change blood type after bone marrow transplant?

Donor stem cells.: The donor's blood forming cells "take over" after a successful transplant and make the red cell type of the donor's. Also the recipient acquires the immune system of the donor as well. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How likely is having a relapse during a bone marrow transplant?

Depends: The chance of having a relapse after a bone marrow transplant is dependent on the disease that a patient is being transplanted for, the status of the disease and the type of transplant. ...Read more

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How long do people generally live after a bone marrow transplant?

How long do people generally live after a bone marrow transplant?

Varies: This varies but for people who are cured of their cancer and don't die from a complication of the transplant they are expected to have a normal life expectancy. ...Read more

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What are things you can't do after a bone marrow transplant?

Depends: This depends on the type of transplant, and the time since the transplant. Most of the precautions are to prevent infections, such as not working in soil (earth), avoiding crowds and sick people. ...Read more

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Are you fertile after a bone marrow transplant?

Are you fertile after a bone marrow transplant?

Very likely: Bone marrow transplantation require total body irradiation and/ or high dose chemotherapy prior to the transplant. This will render the vast majority of women and men infertile due to damage to germ cells (eggs and sperm cells). Fertility preservation should be discussed prior to treatment. Options for men sperm freezing or testicular tissue freezing, or women egg/embryo or ovarian tissue freezing. ...Read more

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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