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Old 06-13-2002, 12:19 PM   #1
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My Mom was just recently diagnosed with Multple Myeloma and was scheduled for a Bone Marrow Transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Unfortunately, during the process they discovered that she had contracted Hepatitis B. Dr's said that this may have come from one of her blood transfusions. Don't they test all blood for all types of viruses? Especially for cancer patients? We are all heartbroken that we have to halt all treatment for my Mom and hope that the Hep B virus goes away soon before she can actually go through the rigorous process of the bone marrow transplant (we were half way through it and will have to start from the beginning once again). Any thoughts on blood transfusion testing for cancer patients?
Insights on MM would be wonderful as well.


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Old 06-13-2002, 01:51 PM   #2
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We had similar concerns about the blood products our child needed during chemo, as well as pre and post BMT. Some blood products are irradiated in addition to being pretreated chemically in order to kill any potential viruses, bacteria, etc. Not sure whether it's possible to do this all the time, i.e. whole blood. Mostly blood agencies rely on the donor's word and some standard lab tests.

I realize that this is no comfort to you or your family. Hope your mother recovers quickly.


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