Monday, September 13, 2010

Day +5 Bone Marrow vs Stem Cell Transplant

What is the difference between a bone marrow transplant (BMT) and a stem cell transplant?  It's a good question and one that a few people have asked me.  Here's the teach. 

Stem cells can be collected in a few different ways.  One of those ways is to retrieve the stem cells directly from a donor's bone marrow (like we did for Matthew).  Stem cells can also be retrieved from circulating blood which is not as rich in stem cells so it needs to be filtered.

The two terms are often used interchangably.  All bone marrow transplants are stem cell transplants but not all stem cell transplants are bone marrow transplants. 

Take the rest of the day off.


The Hitmaker said...

"the teach"!!

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