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Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

By

Robert Peter Gale

, MD, PhD, Imperial College London

Last full review/revision Jul 2018| Content last modified Jul 2018
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Hematopoietic cell transplants using cells from bone marrow or peripheral blood are given after high-dose chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Donors can be the cancer patient (an autotransplant) or another genetically matched related or unrelated person (an allotransplant). (See also Overview of Cancer Therapy.)

Autotransplants are used to treat some solid cancers such as testicular cancer, sarcomas, neuroblastomas, and lymphomas.

Allotransplants are used to treat leukemias and some lymphomas.

Hematopoietic cell transplantation is an important component of the treatment of otherwise refractory lymphomas, leukemias, and multiple myeloma.

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