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'Half-Match' Marrow Transplants Help Some With Sickle Cell
Date:9/21/2012

, while the other five of them remained a mixture of someone with the disease and without."

"But more importantly," Rogers added, "I would also point out that what a success rate of a little bit over 50 percent means is that you could go through this very big deal transplant, put your life at risk, and have it fail about half the time. Now, sickle cell is a horrible disease. Don't get me wrong. But unlike in leukemia or other malignancies where a transplant is your only hope, with sickle cell it's just an option. So, for patients who wish to pursue a cure this may expand their choices. But they need to consider this information carefully."

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For more on sickle cell anemia, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCE: Sept. 20, 2012, news release, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore


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