The soft, spongy material in the center of your bones that produces all your blood cells, such as white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets.
Bone marrow transplant
The process of treating disease with high doses of chemotherapy, radiation therapy or both. Bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells are given after treatment to help the body make more blood cells.
The process of treating disease with high doses of chemotherapy, radiation therapy or both. Because this treatment destroys the bone marrow’s ability to produce blood cells, bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells are given after treatment to help the body make more blood cells.
Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. It may be given alone or with other treatments.
Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Chemotherapy may be given by mouth, injection, infusion or on the skin, depending on the type and stage of the cancer being treated. It may be given alone or with other treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy or biologic therapy.
An intensive drug treatment to kill cancer cells. It also destroys bone marrow and can cause side effects. High-dose chemotherapy is usually followed by bone marrow or stem cell transplantation.
A problem that occurs when treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Some side effects of cancer treatment are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain, decreased blood cell counts, hair loss and mouth sores.
A cell from which other types of cells develop. For example, blood cells develop from blood-forming stem cells.
Chemotherapy is highly effective at killing cancer cells, but it has the unwanted side effect of killing healthy cells too.
One promising new development in the treatment of advanced testicular cancer is bone marrow transplantation. Transplant allows doctors to give you high doses of chemotherapy, followed by healthy cells to help your body recover.
In this procedure:
- You receive medicine to coax your blood-forming stem cells from your bone marrow into your bloodstream.
- Your transplant team filters your stem cells from your blood and freezes them for storage while you have high-dose chemotherapy.
- After chemotherapy, the team transplants your stem cells back into your body (autologous transplant) to replenish the healthy cells that were destroyed.
By allowing doctors to use stronger chemotherapy, this type of transplant may increase the cure rate.
Learn more about the Fred Hutch Bone Marrow Transplant Program, including the lifelong support you get through our Long-Term Follow-Up Program for transplant recipients.