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Do bone marrow transplant patients have to take immunosuppressive drugs forever?
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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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