Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy
Bone marrow stem cell therapy (abbreviated as BMT) is a procedure that
“restore[s] stem cells that
have been destroyed by high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy;”
it also increases the number of healthy cells, thus increasing the body’s
ability to fight foreign cells (such as cancer cells) on its own. This treatment combines two of the body’s strongest natural healers,
bone marrow and stem cells, in order to boost the body’s healthy
properties, which in turn helps to fight cancer.
Breaking Down Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy
In order to explain how Bone Marrow Stem Cell therapy works, and how it
can be an extremely effective treatment for cancer patients, it is important
to explain each component of the therapy. Firstly,
bone marrow is “the spongy tissue inside some of the bones in the body, including
the hip and thigh bones.” Bone marrow is uniquely significant because it contains
Stem cells are incredibly important in aiding the body’s healing.
Stem cells create the three “main types of blood cells: red blood
cells, white blood cells, and platelets. We need all of these types of
blood cells to keep us alive. For these blood cells to do their jobs,
you need to have enough of each type in your blood.” There are certain
situations that can result in us not having enough of certain blood cells;
this is a common problem that cancer patients face, especially when undergoing
traditional treatments. As such, stem cells
must be factored into our treatment plans. A way in which stem cells are best
utilized is through
bone marrow stem cell therapy.
How BMT Works
Bone Marrow Stem Cell therapy is a multi-step process that is administered
with care by your doctor. Firstly, stem cells are collected from what
is known as a
bone marrow harvest. This involves “collecting stem cells with a needle placed into the
soft center of the bone, the marrow. Most sites used for bone marrow harvesting
are located in the hip bones and the sternum. The procedure takes place
in the operating room. The donor will be anesthetized during the harvest
and will not feel the needle,” or other pain. Then, a cancer patient typically “receives the stem cells through
an intravenous (IV) line just like a blood transfusion. This part of the
transplant takes 1 to 5 hours,” and is relatively painless.1
Bone marrow stem cell therapy can be administered through different kinds
of transplants. As explained by John Hopkins Medicine, “the different
types of BMT include the following:
Autologous bone marrow transplant. The donor is the patient himself or herself. Stem cells are taken from
the patient either by bone marrow harvest or apheresis (a process of collecting
peripheral blood stem cells), frozen, and then given back to the patient
after intensive treatment. Often the termrescue is used instead of
Allogeneic bone marrow transplant. The donor shares the same genetic type as the patient. Stem cells are taken
either by bone marrow harvest or apheresis from a genetically matched
donor, usually a brother or sister.
Your doctor will best know what kind of transplant is most appropriate
for you; however, it has been found that bone marrow stem cell therapy
is especially beneficial for cancer patients.
How does BMT directly affect cancer patients?
Bone marrow stem cell therapy can be extremely advantageous to those battling
cancer. This is because “certain cancers and other diseases keep
hematopoietic stem cells from developing normally. If they are not normal,
neither are the blood cells that they make. A stem cell transplant gives
you new stem cells. The new stem cells can make new, healthy blood cells,”
thus stimulating natural processes in your body that can help fight cancer
naturally. When you enable and assist your body in its natural healing powers, you
don’t need to rely as heavily on chemical solutions that have harsher
Further, “chemotherapy and radiation therapy generally affect cells
that divide rapidly. They are used to treat cancer because cancer cells
divide more often than most healthy cells. However, because bone marrow
cells also divide frequently, high-dose treatments can severely damage
or destroy the patient’s bone marrow. Without healthy bone marrow,
the patient is no longer able to make the blood cells needed to carry
oxygen, fight infection, and prevent bleeding.” BMT is a solution:
it replaces “stem cells destroyed by treatment. The healthy, transplanted
stem cells can restore the bone marrow’s ability to produce the
blood cells the patient needs.”1
How does CMN utilize Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy?
CMN Alternative Cancer Treatment has found BMT therapy to be immensely
effective in treating patients with a wide variety of illnesses –
especially those who are battling cancer. At CMN, our
physicians can safely administer this form of therapy and use it as part of our comprehensive
approach to patient treatment and wellness. To learn more about how CMN
utilizes this therapy, click
 “Blood-forming Stem Cell Transplants.”
National Cancer Institute.
 Nichols, Hannah. “Bone Marrow - What Does Bone Marrow Do?”
Medical News Today. 2016.
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John Hopkins Medicine.
 “What is a Stem Cell Transplant (Bone Marrow Transplant?)