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Less Biopsy Pain

Leukemias are cancer subtypes of the bone marrow tissue and I’ve had two bone marrow biopsy (BMB) procedures performed so far; both the old fashioned way with a Jamshidi needle.

jamshidiIt’s barbaric but thankfully I was anesthetized each time. Many patients get it done w/o anesthesia and it is immensely painful to have done. There’s a newer, less barbaric product on the market called On Control that looks wonderful. The promise is a faster sample collection with less bone marrow biopsy pain. The only problem I’ve noted is you don’t generally get much opportunity to consult with the pathologist or interventional radiologist performing the procedure to request or ask if they use it. I’d love to talk to some patients who have had a BMB performed with one. Check it out.