Bone and Blood Marrow Transplant
A blood or bone marrow transplant (BMT) may be used to treat some types of cancers and certain other diseases. The transplant process involves administering high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation, which kills diseased cells as well as normal growing cells that live in the bone marrow. The normal growing cells are known as stem cells. Stem cells have the unique ability to become red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets; these cells are found in the blood stream. On the day of the patient’s transplant, healthy stem cells are given to the patient.
When a patient needs a transplant, stem cells are collected from either the patient or a donor. Stem cells can be collected from bone in the operating room, from the blood stream through a process called apheresis, or from some umbilical cords. These stem cells will begin to grow in the patient’s marrow over the next few weeks, producing red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This type of transplant may be used to treat some types of leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, amyloidosis, POEMS syndrome, myelodysplastic syndrome, myeloproliferative disorders, aplastic anemia, sickle cell anemia, and other conditions.
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This procedure may be used to treat or diagnose several different conditions. We have listed some of these conditions below for your convenience. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and may vary depending on your specific diagnosis.
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