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The evolution of bone marrow transplantation

December 14, 2012

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.

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  1. Jenny Hall Steelquist permalink
    December 17, 2012 12:48 am

    Even tho my disease has returned, the quality of my life since transplant 2 1/2 years ago has been very good. I am grateful for the effective work against side effects, infections and GVHD. I continue to trust my ongoing health to the the fine and caring professionals at SCCA and the Hutch as I take another turn ’round with Myleoma. One of my current docs had studied my blood long before she met me as a patient. Now that I see her in clinic, she brings her research knowledge across the street to the exam room. She just called me on a Sunday night to make sure my recent tests and chemo had gone well. Life is good.

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