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Is a bone marrow transplant painful?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Thompson
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Dr. Matthew Fero
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Matthew Fero
Dr. Matthew Fero
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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Side effects

There are many effects which can be unpleasant like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea amd mouth sores.
Depending on how the transplant is done the mouth sores can be severe and painful. There can be abdominal pain or bone pain in some patients.

In brief: Side effects

There are many effects which can be unpleasant like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea amd mouth sores.
Depending on how the transplant is done the mouth sores can be severe and painful. There can be abdominal pain or bone pain in some patients.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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