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Leukemia

04/01/2010

Question:

A friend of mine suffering from leukemia has gone to India to have a bone marrow transplant.

He came to know about this illness last year and after doing some chemotherapy, he seems to have gone into remission. But his treating doctor advised him to do a bone marrow transplant so that he can be totally cured of this disease.

Will he be find total remission after this transplant or will he continue chemotherapy sessions from time to time? He is about 45 years old.

Answer:

This is out of my area, but a general answer is that bone marrow transplant is one way to improve the chances of cure when patients are in remission after chemotherapy treatment for leukemia.

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Response by:

Paula  Silverman, MD Paula Silverman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University