North Houston Cancer Clinics

Bone Marrow

NH Cancer Clinics has dedicated itself to improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer through comprehensive diagnostics and compassionate care. It includes examining the bone marrow, a critical component of our immune and circulatory systems. By analyzing bone marrow’s role, this deep dive highlights its importance in diagnosing various cancers and outlines the steps NH Cancer Clinics’ healthcare professionals take.

What Is Bone Marrow?

Bone marrow is the soft and spongy tissue found at the center of bones. It produces blood cells such as red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), and platelets. RBCs transport oxygen, WBCs fight infections, and platelets aid in clotting blood. This production process, called hematopoiesis, is necessary to maintain life-sustaining body functions and fight diseases like cancer.

Why Bone Marrow Analysis Is Essential In Cancer Diagnosis

Detecting Blood-related Cancers: A bone marrow examination is pivotal in diagnosing leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and other blood-related cancers. It is an essential site for testing because it directly influences the production and performance of cells in the bloodstream.

Assessing Cancer Spread: Sometimes, bone marrow tests help determine whether certain cancers have spread from their original location into the marrow. It is vital for staging cancer and guiding treatment planning.

Evaluating Treatment Efficacy: After or during treatment, a bone marrow analysis helps assess the success of that particular therapy, especially when dealing with blood-related cancers. It provides valuable input on the body’s response to treatment.

More About Diagnosing Conditions Using Bone Marrow Analysis

Various stages are involved in diagnosing ailments via studying samples gathered from bone marrows, which may vary depending on individual requirements. At NH Cancer Clinics, we ensure that this process is conducted with utmost care and precision by professionals:

Procedure for Genetic & Genomic Testing

Our oncologists review the patient’s medical history and symptoms during the initial consultation. Often, blood tests are completed to determine whether any elevated blood cell levels may require an in-depth analysis of bone marrow.
This technique is fundamental for bone marrow studies. It involves using a needle under local anesthesia to draw out a small amount of liquid (aspiration) as well as solid (biopsy) bone marrow from one of the large bones, like hip bones.
We prioritize the safety and comfort of our patients, so we use state-of-the-art techniques that minimize pain or discomfort associated with the procedure.
– The obtained specimen is taken to our laboratory which incorporates modern techniques for studying genes that exist in any given organism. Our professionals use PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) or NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) technologies to scrutinize DNA molecules for any specific mutations/alterations associated with tumor progression or carcinogenesis due to genetic causes.
Additional tests such as flow cytometry, chromosome analysis, or molecular tests may be performed to obtain more information about the ailment.

The Importance Of Bone Marrow In Our War Against Cancer

Bone marrow analysis is not just a diagnostic tool; it exemplifies our holistic approach to understanding and treating cancer. By analyzing where blood cells come from, we can gain significant insights into how cancer affects the whole body, enabling us to personalize therapies better so that they are both efficient and customized. At NH Cancer Clinics, we do more than treat; we educate and empower our community about various health issues. Understanding the bone marrow, a part of the body’s hematopoietic (blood-forming) system, is necessary to identify risk factors for its diseases. This knowledge helps detect it early and make healthier lifestyle choices. Here, we explore the complexities of risks related to bone marrow and guide how to keep them healthy.

Key Risk Factors for Bone Marrow Health

Our oncologists review the patient’s medical history and symptoms during the initial consultation. Often, blood tests are completed to determine whether any elevated blood cell levels may require an in-depth analysis of bone marrow.
High levels of radiation exposure, either through medical treatments or environmental sources, can destroy cells found in your bone marrow.
Benzene and some pesticides are associated with blood cancers.
The use of tobacco affects your immune system, such that your bone marrow could produce abnormal cells, leading to cancer.
Additional tests such as flow cytometry, chromosome analysis, or molecular tests may be performed to obtain more information about the ailment.

Strategies towards Healthy Bone Marrows

While some uncontrollable risk factors predispose one to these diseases, a proactive approach to health can reduce risks and promote general well-being. Take into account the following hints:
Early detection makes a difference; get screened regularly for diseases related to a family history involving blood cancers.
High levels of radiation exposure, either through medical treatments or environmental sources, can destroy cells found in your bone marrow.
Benzene and some pesticides are associated with blood cancers.
The use of tobacco affects your immune system, such that your bone marrow could produce abnormal cells, leading to cancer.
Additional tests such as flow cytometry, chromosome analysis, or molecular tests may be performed to obtain more information about the ailment.
For those with life-threatening conditions, being a marrow donor can save lives. The process is safe and controlled by healthcare experts.
For those with life-threatening conditions, being a marrow donor can save lives. The process is safe and controlled by healthcare experts.