Study ties bone marrow transplant to negative sexual side effects

Radiation, graft-versus-host disease cited as particularly damaging New research ties preparative procedures and complications associated with blood or bone marrow transplantation (stem cell transplantation, SCT) with diminished sexual health in both men and women who have undergone the lifesaving procedure. Study data, published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), confirm chronic graft-versus-host disease … Continue reading Study ties bone marrow transplant to negative sexual side effects

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Immune system marker may improve bone marrow transplant outcomes

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators prove that an immune marker predicts transplant success and improves selection of bone marrow donors. The risk of death following bone marrow transplantation can be reduced about 60 percent using a new technique to identify bone marrow donors who make the most potent cancer-fighting immune cells, according to research … Continue reading Immune system marker may improve bone marrow transplant outcomes

Guidelines for stem cell transplants in older patients with myelodysplastic syndromes

A new study by an international team led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists provides the first statistically-based guidelines for determining whether a stem cell transplant is appropriate for older patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) – the most common blood disorders in people over 60 years of age, and frequently a precursor for leukemia. Using mathematical … Continue reading Guidelines for stem cell transplants in older patients with myelodysplastic syndromes