Bone-marrow transplants are performed for:
- deficiencies in red blood cells (aplastic anemia) and white blood cells (leukemia or lymphoma)
- aggressive cancer treatments (chemotherapy or radiation therapy)
- inherited (genetic) diseases (such as thalassemia)
- immune-system disorders (such as congenital neutropenia and severe-combined immunodeficiency syndrome)
Update Date 2/12/2016
Updated by: Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, Wellington, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.