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Why is allogenic stem cell transplantation risky?

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Before you start allogenic stem cell transplantation, you’ll need high doses either of chemotherapy or radiation to get rid of your scarred bone marrow. Your body may reject the new stem cells. You might hear a doctor call this "graft versus host disease." It can be life-threatening. The transplant could also damage your organs or blood vessels, cause cataracts, or lead to other types of cancer.

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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