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Palliative Care Consultations in Haemato-oncology$
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Sara Booth, Eduardo Bruera, and Jenny Craig

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198528081

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528081.001.0001

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Bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation

Bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation

(p.61) Chapter 5 Bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation
Palliative Care Consultations in Haemato-oncology

Helen Balsdon

Jenny I. O. Craig

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses stem cell transplantation. It provides an overview of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation, the different types of transplantation, and the problems arising from this treatment. Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation is the infusion of stem cells to repopulate the haematopoietic system and to overcome resultant bone marrow aplasia. It is usually administered with the aim to cure. Transplants are categorised as autologous, sibling allogeneic, volunteer-unrelated, and syngeneic transplants. While transplants may improve conditions of haematological patients, they pose complications after three months. These complications are infection, chronic GvHD, infertility, endocrine dysfunction, psychological morbidity, and secondary malignancy.

Keywords:   stem cell transplantation, transplantation, types of transplantation, problems, stem cells, bone marrow aplasia, autologous transplants, sibling allogeneic transplants, volunteer-unrelated transplants

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