Bone Marrow Transplantation Innovations

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Advances in supportive care, better understanding of the immune system, and more-accurate tissue matching have dramatically improved the safety and effectiveness of bone marrow transplantation, says Sergio Giralt, Chief of the Bone Marrow Transplantation Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Giving lower doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation before transplantation has made it possible to treat older patients. Antibiotics and antifungals are used to prevent infections after chemotherapy and radiation. Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering are developing new growth factors to help rebuild the immune system after a transplant.