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How bone marrow transplants work

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Bone marrow and blood stem cell transplantation is one of the greatest success stories in cancer care. Pioneered at Fred Hutch by Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, who won the 1990 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work, and steadily refined by Hutch teams over four decades, the treatment has transformed survival rates for some leukemias and other blood disorders from zero to upwards of 90 percent. For patients with certain diseases, it remains the only therapy available with the potential to cure.