Friday, May 29th at 10 a.m.
You may have heard of a bone marrow transplant from time to time, but do you really know what it involves and how it works?
Bone marrow transplant is a special therapy for patients with certain cancers or other diseases. It involves taking cells that are normally found in the bone marrow (stem cells), filtering those cells, and giving them back either to the donor (patient) or to another person. The goal is to transfuse healthy bone marrow cells into a person after his or her own unhealthy bone marrow has been treated to kill the abnormal cells.
Bone marrow transplant has been used successfully to treat diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, immune deficiency disorders, and some solid tumor cancers since 1968.
The goal of a bone marrow transplant is to cure many diseases and types of cancer. When the doses of chemotherapy or radiation needed to cure a cancer are so high that a person's bone marrow stem cells will be permanently damaged or destroyed by the treatment, a bone marrow transplant may be needed. Bone marrow transplants may also be needed if the bone marrow has been destroyed by a disease.
A bone marrow transplant can be used to:
The risks and benefits must be weighed in a thorough discussion with your doctor and specialists in bone marrow transplants prior to the procedure. To learn more about bone marrow transplants, join us for an OU Medicine Live Chat this Friday, May 29th at 10 a.m. and visit the links provided on this page.
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