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Bone Marrow Transplant

Also known as a BMT, stem cell transplant, or hematopoietic stem cell transplant

Bone Marrow CellsBone marrow is found in the center of bones and is where blood cells are made. It is found in the spongy part of the bones, especially the hips, ribs, breastbone, and spine. Bone marrow contains the youngest type of blood cells known as hematopoietic stem cells. As a hematopoietic stemcell ages, it becomes a white cell, red cell, or platelet. Hematopoietic stem cells are found in bone marrow, peripheral blood (bloodstream), and umbilical cord blood.

A bone marrow transplant (BMT) replaces diseased or damaged cells with non-cancerous stem cells that can grow healthy, new cells. BMT is usually used when cancer treatments have destroyed normal stem cells in the bone marrow. The stem cells can be replaced through BMT. A BMT is also performed when the chances for cure with chemotherapy alone are low.

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Types of Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT)
Obtaining Bone Marrow Cells
Performing a Bone Marrow Transplant
Tips for Parents
Why Are There Side Effects of Bone Marrow Transplant?
Common, Immediate Side Effects
Long-term Risks
Bone Marrow Transplant was last modified: April 19th, 2017 by Geoff Duncan
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