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Bone Marrow Transplant

CindyJF
Posts: 5
Joined: Feb 2004

Hello,

I am wondering if any of you have had a bone marrow transplant. My Mom's Hodgkins is back and they are considering her options and a bone marrow transplant is the next step. She is 70 so they are lucky they are considering doing this.

Can any of you tell me what may be in store for her? How was the procedure for you? Do they offer the mini-transplants for HD? She is at Stage 2 right now, when she had it before it was stage 3 and she had 8 months of chemo, now its back after about a year and a few months....

Any info would be helpful.

Thanks.

Maur1966
Posts: 23
Joined: Oct 2004

Hi Cindy,

I can not give you answers, but if you check out this site http://forums.webmagic.com/ubbthreads/postlist.php?Cat=&Board=UBB1 and post your question there, I bet you will get numerous replies. I've found this site helpful, but have found the one I listed great also. Hope all goes well for your Mom. Happy Mother's Day to her! :) Maureen~

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truejoy8
Posts: 41
Joined: Jan 2004

Hi Cindy,
I see that you wrote this a while ago so I dunno if you'll get this response. But I just had a BMT last October and am pretty much recovered now. They can be a pretty misereable ordeal at times but they do work! I'm now cancer free!
There are two types of BMT's (also called stem cell transplants by the way). There's the the ones where you get the stem cells from a donar and the ones where you get the stem cells from yourself. I had the later and it's much easier, recovery time is shorter and the risks are fewer. Everything with her will be custom tailored to her specific disease and where it's at. Basically a Bone Marrow Transplant is chemo. BUT chemo at such doses and extreeme drugs that they usually would never give a person because although it usually kills off all the cancer cells it also kills off the patients own bone marrow and immune system. That's the transplants part. THey've harvested stem cells from either a donor or yourself before the procedure and then then they give them back to you. These stem celss become your new bone marrow...which then goes to work producing all those good little white and red blood cells and platelettes.
So anyways...if You have any questions feel free to email me at Shanti@parmeleefamily.com or through this site. God luck with you and your Mom.

Shanti

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