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Is it advisable to do bone marrow transplant for acute leukemia?


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Published At February 3, 2019
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My friend's brother has been diagnosed with blood cancer and underwent his first chemotherapy three weeks ago. According to the acute leukemia immunophenotyping by flow cytometry report, morphologic and immunophenotypic findings are consistent with acute myeloid leukemia. Immunophenotypic findings include 73.6 percent of viable cells that are myeloblasts. The blasts range from small to intermediate in size by forward light scatter and express moderate CD117, dim CD113, dim to negative CD33, bright CD34, heterogeneous CD38, and heterogeneous HLA-DR but are negative for CD10, CD20, CD3, CD45, CD56, and CD64. Advice given includes cryogenic studies, including t (8,21), FLT3-ITD, NPMI, and CEBP-alpha mutation studies. The doctor suggests considering a bone marrow transplant for survival. Please provide me with suggestions.


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Sorry to hear about his ill health. Let me tell you that after seven days of the first round of chemotherapy, a bone marrow biopsy should be done to check for the percentage of the blast. Ideally, it should be less than a five percent blast after the first round of chemotherapy. Then consolidation chemotherapy is given to prevent the relapse of leukemia cells. Stem cell transplantation can be done in young age group people but it is costly. Therefore, various chemotherapy and stem cell transplant is the only therapy available. The mentioned cytogenetic and mutation study will help in predicting prognosis. You can follow the hematologist-oncologist advise for your condition.

I hope I have clarified your query. Please feel free to reach me again, in case of further queries.

Thank you.

The Probable causes

The probable cause is AML (acute myeloid leukemia).

Investigations to be done

Investigations need to be conducted including a cytogenetic study.

Treatment plan

The treatment plan includes chemotherapy.

Preventive measures

Preventive measures include complete chemotherapy.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri


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