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Reflections on a Bone Marrow Transplant

Michael C. Dohan, MD
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Burlington, MA 01803 (Dohan)

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Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(7):589-590. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-132-7-200004040-00013
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I am 63 years old and have been living with chronic lymphocytic leukemia for more than 7 years. Two years ago, progression of symptoms and a worsening hematologic profile despite chemotherapy forced me to make an important personal decision regarding whether or not to receive a bone marrow transplant. As a physician, I knew that transplants for chronic lymphocytic leukemia were controversial and not based on rigorous, controlled studies. It would be risky and difficult, but there was still so much I wanted to do, including living long enough to play an important role in my grandchildren's lives. I chose to go ahead.





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