Bone marrow is the tissue inside your bones. This tissue makes special cells called stem cells. The stem cells turn into the cells that make up your blood. These are red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
Blood does a lot in your body to help you stay healthy. If your bone marrow is damaged or destroyed, it can't make normal blood cells. It becomes harder to stay healthy.
You may need a stem cell transplant if you have a disease that damages or destroys the bone marrow. Lymphoma and leukemia are two of the diseases that can damage bone marrow. Bone marrow also may be damaged by radiation or chemotherapy.
The stem cells may come from your own blood or bone marrow, or they could come from another person.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of: March 27, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
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