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When in leukemia can a bone marrow transplant be helpful?
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Dr. Stephen Noga
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: Any time
We have learned that offering a transplant earlier, when a patient does not respond to therapy or has a relapse is better because there are less complications but at times this may be the only option left.
If your doctors and specifically the stem cell transplant team feel this is the best option, they will offer a transplant for your disease.

In brief: Any time
We have learned that offering a transplant earlier, when a patient does not respond to therapy or has a relapse is better because there are less complications but at times this may be the only option left.
If your doctors and specifically the stem cell transplant team feel this is the best option, they will offer a transplant for your disease.
Dr. Stephen Noga
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Dr. Devon Webster
It also depends on the type of leukemia, the age of the patient and how "in shape" their bone marrow is after previous treatments.
Dr. David Rizzieri
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: In remission is best
The 'time' is not absolute.
If transplant is considered appropriate for a patient, we'd prefer the patient to be in remission or with only a minimal amount of disease at the time we start. In some cases this means we recommend a transplant within a year of diagnosis, however in other instances it is appropriate to wait many years before the risk of bmt is appropriate.

In brief: In remission is best
The 'time' is not absolute.
If transplant is considered appropriate for a patient, we'd prefer the patient to be in remission or with only a minimal amount of disease at the time we start. In some cases this means we recommend a transplant within a year of diagnosis, however in other instances it is appropriate to wait many years before the risk of bmt is appropriate.
Dr. David Rizzieri
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