My Mother (55 yrs) underwent Bone Marrow Transplant for relapse of NHL(T-Cell) just a month back in Aug 2012. Now when we went for Follow-up, we found that she had developed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Is it possible to develop secondary cancer in just a short period like this. Some articles online, suggest that BMT increases risk of Secondary cancer like ALL after like a period of 5-10 years.
Hello and welcome. I'm sorry to hear about your mother. Developing a secondary cancer is often a fear that many patients have when deciding on treatment.
I had to do a little research on this question, and from what I read in the NHL handbook put out by the LRF, it says secondary cancers can occur months, years and even decades later. It's pretty vague, but it sounds like it can occur at pretty much any time. I believe it's the chemotherapy (rather than the actual transplant), that can cause the secondary cancer. The DNA is damaged by the chemotherapy and ends up causing a secondary cancer. I imagine it is more prevelent with BMT's since stronger chemotherapy is given than when used for traditional treatment.
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