The evolution of bone marrow transplantation
By Clay Holtzman, Hutchinson Center science writer
A few years ago, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center believed more patients were surviving bone marrow transplantation, a procedure pioneered by Fred Hutch. The team conducted a study and found that long-term survival rates were up 41 percent.
Investigators found that survival rates had improved thanks to a comprehensive reduction in the risk of several complications associated with the procedure—and all these improvements were made thanks to exhaustive studies by many of our own people at Fred Hutch. Today, Fred Hutch researchers continue their work to make the procedure safer and more readily available to a larger pool of patients.
The Center’s Communications Department has created an infographic to help readers better understand these complications and just how much the risk of their occurrence has fallen. You can check out the infographic below, or see it on a new web page dedicated to the evolution of bone marrow transplantation.