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What makes a bone marrow transplant work?

For a bone marrow transplant to work, the new bone marrow must look like the bone marrow of the person receiving it, which can be hard to find. Even if it’s a good match, the recipient's body may realize it’s not exactly the same and start a fight. This causes lots of problems, so the person will need medicines every day until his or her body and the new marrow get along. It’s hard having to take a lot of medicines, and these have side effects too. Bone marrow transplants aren’t for everyone, and doctors will talk to recipients and their family about what's best for them.

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