Candidate for bone marrow transplant?

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Question from Leona: I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, and just was diagnosed with metastatic bone cancer last March. I’ve had radiation on my spine. My question: Is there any chance that I am a candidate for bone marrow transplant? How can I find out?
Answers - Larry Norton, M.D. Bone marrow transplant has been shown to not be a useful way of treating breast cancer. It causes severe toxicity with no benefit, compared with other forms of treatment. The fact that it's been 10 years since you were originally diagnosed and the fact that you have primarily bone involvement indicates a good chance your cancer can be treated successfully with hormone treatment, which should be discussed with your doctor.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer featured Larry Norton, M.D. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about managing day-to-day life with metastatic breast cancer.

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