Processed Meat and Leukemia

Children who regularly eat processed meat are 74% more likely to develop leukemia than those who replace processed meat with vegetables and tofu. Many of you will have heard about the 2009 study that linked processed food to leukemia. But just why is processed meat so bad? And what can you do to protect your… Read more »

Bone Marrow Cancer – Coping with Diagnosis

Every person reacts differently when they are diagnosed with a chronic disease such as bone marrow cancer. Some feel overwhelmed by the information and are unable to take it in, others seem to take it in their stride but are caught by sudden waves of emotion. There is no right way to deal with diagnosis… Read more »

Preventing Infection After Transplant

After your bone marrow transplant it is important to take precautions to prevent infection. While your blood work may indicate your blood cell count is within a normal range and it is safe to go home, your immune system is still recovering and needs all the help it can get to prevent unwanted infections. Taking… Read more »

Engraftment – Reaching a Post-Transplant Milestone

After weeks, months, years even of having an defective blood cells or an imbalance in blood cells which interferes with the production of normal blood cells, following bone marrow transplantation patients, family members and transplant teams are eager to find out if the procedure worked. They are watching for the newly donated cells received during… Read more »

Myelodysplastic syndrome and Bone Marrow Transplants

When Good Morning America Host, Robin Roberts publically announced last year that she had been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) following her battle with breast cancer, she brought national attention to the disease. MDS was formerly known as preleukemia because of the associated risk of developing frank Leukemia. MDS is characterized by the abnormal bone… Read more »

Harvesting Stem Cells

There are three primary sources of bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cells. Depending on the condition that is being treated, your age and general health, your physician will suggest an allogeneic bone marrow transplant, where donated cells are used, an autologous transplant, where your own cells are used or an umbilical cord blood stem… Read more »

Exercise and Bone Marrow Transplantation

For many people with a disease affecting their bone marrow function, such as cancers like multiple myeloma, leukemia and breast cancer or inherited disorders such as sickle cell anemia and aplastic anemia, a bone marrow transplant or a peripheral blood stem cell transplant may be the only option to effectively cure the condition. Bone marrow… Read more »

The Future Could Hold Chemotherapy-free Bone Marrow Transplants

New research has been undertaken to investigate the possibility of conducting a bone marrow transplant without first destroying existing bone marrow using chemotherapy. Currently in order for an allogeneic bone marrow transplant or peripheral blood stem cell transplant to be successful, and to prevent the patient’s body from rejecting donated cells, high dose chemotherapy is… Read more »

Multiple Myeloma and Kidney Failure

Today is world kidney day. Thousands of Americans suffer from a kidney condition. Our kidneys filter out toxins and excess fluids and minerals from the blood, excreting them in the form of urine. Diabetes and heart problems, such as high blood pressure, can cause kidney damage, as can high levels of calcium, potassium and sodium… Read more »

The Importance of Nutrition before Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Transplant

Usually bone marrow transplants or peripheral blood stem cell transplants are performed on individuals with a bone marrow failure syndrome or who have some form of cancer, for example breast cancer, testicular cancer or leukemia. Studies have demonstrated the importance of the best possible nutrition in patients prior to their transplant. Frequently, bone marrow transplant… Read more »