Bone Marrow Transplants
In a bone marrow transplant (bone MAYR-oh tranz-plant), diseased bone marrow is destroyed and replaced with healthy bone marrow. Bone marrow is a spongy tissue found inside bones. It produces the body's blood cells.
A bone marrow transplant is a form of chemotherapy. It has all the side effects of chemotherapy. Since the amount of chemotherapy the patient receives is greater than a regular chemotherapy treatment, the side effects are more severe.
For information about the side effects of chemotherapy, and what to do about them see: Chemotherapy: Side Effects
A successful bone marrow transplant requires an expert medical team - doctors, nurses, and other support staff - who are experienced in bone marrow transplants, can promptly recognize problems and emerging side effects, and know how to react swiftly and properly if problems do arise. A good bone marrow transplant program will also recognize the importance of providing patients and their families with emotional and psychological support before, during and after the transplant, and will make personal and other support systems readily available to families for this purpose.
The American Cancer Society has an easy-to-understand discussion of the types of transplants, the process, other issues related to transplants and questions to ask your doctor at: www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/eto_1_3_Bone_Marrow.asp
The following information is courtesy of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.