The Ethics and Risks of Expecting Teen Siblings To Be Transplant Donors

The Ethics and Risks of Expecting Teen Siblings To Be Transplant Donors

Source: Health Canal

In "Matched Marrow, Sibling Shadow: The Epidemiology, Experience, and Ethics of Sibling Donors of Stem Cells," Meaghann Weaver, MD, MPH, Ashley Carr, CCLS, and Brandon Triplett, MD, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis, TN) and Dr. Douglas Diekema, Seattle Children's Research Institute, focus on a range of issues unique to adolescents with siblings that require a hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Along with familial expectations, and positive feelings of altruism and self-worth, the scenario may include health risks, pain, and psychological burdens.

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