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Bone marrow transplant: plastic bag containing concentrated human bone marrow, prior to its infusion into a patient at the St Louis hospital, Paris. Chances of survival in acute leukaemia - a cancer of the bone marrow - and aggressive forms of anaemia have been increased by new techniques of bone marrow transplantation. Treatment is in two stages: first, malfunctioning bone marrow is eliminated through chemotherapy & radiotherapy, and replaced with a graft from a suitably compatible donor. Until the newly-installed immune system is working, the recipient is without means of fighting infection and must remain in a sterile environment for up to three months.
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