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Why is a bone marrow transplant such a painful surgery?

Why is a bone marrow transplant such a painful surgery?

Nature of the beast.: One's bones are not used to direct contact; which is why the procedure is so painful. Ask the physician performing the procedure for more information. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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What is involved in bone marrow transplant surgery?

What is involved in bone marrow transplant surgery?

Bone marrow transpla: Bone marrow transplant is a procedure that hematologist/oncologists do for certain indication- for instance- in blood cancer like acute leukemia after remission from chemotherapy, or for certain cases of lymphomas, multiple myelomas- etc. It is not a surgery.Please read from this booklet : http://www.Lls.Org/#/resourcecenter/freeeducationmaterials/treatment/bloodmarrowstemcelltransplant. ...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 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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I have leukemia. How painful is a bone marrow transplant?

The procedure is not: The actual BM transplant (infusion of cells) is not at all painful. There may be some reactions during infusion such as chills, rigors, fever and others but pain is not common. However, there may be significant discomfort from the effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation that may result in severe mucositis (irritation of the lining of mouth, upper airway and swallowing tube) lasting few weeks. ...Read more

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Can i get advice? I've got all a type of leukemia. How painful is a bone marrow transplant?

Can i get advice? I've got all a type of leukemia. How painful is a bone marrow transplant?

Marrow transplant: Chemotherapy is given first, to try to wipeout as much leukemia as possible from your marrow, then as it is recovering from the chemo, the marrow is infused into your body through the veins, to help you recover faster. Other than the needlestick, there should be very little pain. ...Read more

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How does a bone marrow transplant work and is it painful?

BMT: A bone marrow or stem cell transplant works in different ways depending on where the cells come from and what the disease is being treated. Autologous transplants use the patient's own stem cells and the transplant works by treating the cancer with high doses of chemo. Donor transplants work by changing the immune system which can attack cancer cells. There are side effects that may cause pain. ...Read more

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Bone marrow transplant, is this very painful? If so, how painful?

Bone marrow transplant, is this very painful? If so, how painful?

Like a transfusion: Bone marrow transplantation is a long drawn out process. The marrow (or blood stem cells) is actually just infused IV like a blood transfusion. That's the easy part. Often high dose chemotherapy or radiation is given ahead of time. If the marrow comes from someone else then long courses of immune suppressive treatments are needed to control an inflammatory reaction called graft vs host disease. ...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 life threatening?

There are risks: There is a risk of dying of a complication of a bone marrow transplant. The risk is dependent on whether the cells are your own or from a donor. Also, the degree of matching impacts the risk. The major life threatening complications are related to infections, organ failure and an immune system problem called graft-versus-host disease. ...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