Bone marrow can be destroyed by high doses of cancer drugs. This is a procedure in which new marrow is put in place of the destroyed marrow. There are three places to get new marrow cells for a transplant: 1) your own bone marrow that was saved before cancer treatment (autologous); 2) bone marrow given by someone else (allogeneic); and 3) bone marrow given by an identical twin (syngeneic).
For more information, visit Breastcancer.org's Breast Cancer Treatment and Bone Loss page.
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