• If you've already had a bone marrow transplant and it fails a few years later, what's next?

    Asked by RockTom on Wednesday, November 6, 2019

    If you've already had a bone marrow transplant and it fails a few years later, what's next?

    My oncologist feels like that's what is happening, but didn't offer a "what's next" plan. I don't even know if there is one. Has anyone had a bmt that failed and you had another type of treatment then?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I haven't, but a local meteorologist did. They were readying for another transplant, but unfortunately he took a turn for the worst, so I know a 2nd transplant is possible.

      13 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Which type of transplant did you have? Your own cells? Sadly, those are the least risk as far as mortality, but do suffer from a higher relapse rate. You can have an allogeneic transplant (donor cells) which carry higher risks but have a better long-term record against the cancer.

      Again, there are newer drugs and drug combination to use - many of them biological drugs which are not standard chemotherapy.

      If you are not at an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center, please at least consult with with. In the US, find the nearest center here: https://www.cancer.gov/research/nci-role/cancer-centers/find

      12 days ago

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