What is a Bone Marrow Transplant?

A bone marrow transplant is a form of systemic treatment of invasive breast cancer.

A bone marrow transplant is an experimental research procedure that is sometimes suggested as a treatment for recurrent breast cancer. Only some women are eligible to even be considered for this treatment. This decision depends on your age, relative health, and how advanced your cancer is, and your insurance coverage. Bone marrow transplants often involve difficult procedures and strong medication. This treatment is still very experimental and is being studied for effectiveness.

Some women who have recurrent breast cancer, despite chemotherapy and radiation therapy, may wish to pursue the most aggressive treatment options available. This decision is very personal and involves issues such as current "quality of life" versus the hope of a cure with extreme treatment.

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