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Is there a cure for myelofibrosis?

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Only through a process called allogenic stem cell transplantation can you cure myelofibrosis. In myelofibrosis, your stem cells don’t work like they should. This causes scar tissue to build up in your bone marrow. During this treatment, you’re given healthy stem cells from a donor to replace your faulty ones.

This transplant is risky, and the dangers rise as you get older. So you should only try it if you have a high chance of complications from your myelofibrosis.

From: How Is Myelofibrosis Treated? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MPN Research Foundation: “What Is Primary Myelofibrosis (MF)?”

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: “Treatment,” “Myelofibrosis Facts,” “Support Resources.”

Mayo Clinic.org: “Myelofibrosis: Treatments and drugs,” “Myelofibrosis: Coping and support.”

American Cancer Society: “Myelodysplastic Syndromes Overview,” “Find Support Programs and Services in Your Area.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 12, 2019

SOURCES:

MPN Research Foundation: “What Is Primary Myelofibrosis (MF)?”

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: “Treatment,” “Myelofibrosis Facts,” “Support Resources.”

Mayo Clinic.org: “Myelofibrosis: Treatments and drugs,” “Myelofibrosis: Coping and support.”

American Cancer Society: “Myelodysplastic Syndromes Overview,” “Find Support Programs and Services in Your Area.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 12, 2019

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