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What is the difference between a bone marrow transplant and a stem cell transplant?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Source of the cells

The terms are often used interchangeably.
In a bone marrow transplant the cells are taken from the bone marrow. For a stem cell transplant the cells are taken from the blood.

In brief: Source of the cells

The terms are often used interchangeably.
In a bone marrow transplant the cells are taken from the bone marrow. For a stem cell transplant the cells are taken from the blood.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Dr. Matthew Fero
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: HSC Transplant

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant includes both Bone Marrow Transplants (BMT) and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC).
The difference is whether the cells are collected directly from the donors bone marrow; or from the blood using an apheresis machine. These are the only types of stem cell transplant in regular practice. Researchers hope to develop stem cell transplants for other tissue types.

In brief: HSC Transplant

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant includes both Bone Marrow Transplants (BMT) and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC).
The difference is whether the cells are collected directly from the donors bone marrow; or from the blood using an apheresis machine. These are the only types of stem cell transplant in regular practice. Researchers hope to develop stem cell transplants for other tissue types.
Dr. Matthew Fero
Dr. Matthew Fero
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Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Stem cell transplant

A bone marrow transplant is a type of stem cell transplant.

In brief: Stem cell transplant

A bone marrow transplant is a type of stem cell transplant.
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
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Dr. Stephen Noga
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: Source of stem cells

Originally, scientists thought that only the stem cells from the bone marrow compartment could be used to make new bone marrow.
After we learned that bone marrow stem cells circulate throughout the body and also that we can increase their numbers in the blood stream, we moved to obtaining these stem cells from blood the same way we obtain platelets which is less invasive than marrow harvest.

In brief: Source of stem cells

Originally, scientists thought that only the stem cells from the bone marrow compartment could be used to make new bone marrow.
After we learned that bone marrow stem cells circulate throughout the body and also that we can increase their numbers in the blood stream, we moved to obtaining these stem cells from blood the same way we obtain platelets which is less invasive than marrow harvest.
Dr. Stephen Noga
Dr. Stephen Noga
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