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Our Blood and Marrow Transplantation program provides bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants to treat: lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma and other tumors. Some of our patients stay in the hospital after treatment (in-patient care) while some recover at home (out- patient care).

We understand that thinking about a transplant could feel overwhelming, but we’re here to help—from the moment you meet us through treatment and beyond. Taking your needs into account, we’ll develop a personalized treatment plan, offering the latest therapies and supportive resources. We’ll also help you make important decisions along the way.

Meet with Us

After we speak with your doctors and review your medical history to see if transplant is right for you, we’ll meet with you in person. During our first visit we will learn more about you, begin an evaluation, discuss treatment options, and answer your questions.

Meanwhile, to help you understand the process, we’ve answered some common questions below.

What is bone marrow?

Bone marrow is the spongy, fatty tissue inside our bones. The marrow produces blood cells: red blood cells (which carry oxygen and nutrients), white blood cells (which fight infection), and platelets (which help form clots to stop bleeding). Healthy bone marrow helps the body prevent and fight infections and avoid bleeding disorders.

What is a bone marrow transplant?

Sometimes bone marrow can be been damaged or destroyed by disease, infection, or chemotherapy. A bone marrow transplant replaces unhealthy marrow cells with healthy bone marrow. The healthy cells can come from a donor or they can come from your own body. The procedure is done through an intravenous line—it is not surgery.

What is a blood stem cell transplant?

A blood stem cell transplant is similar to a bone marrow transplant, except that the healthy cells come from the patient’s blood stream rather than from the bone marrow. For some patients, these procedures can offer a chance for a cure or extended remission of blood cancers. Again, this is not surgery.

Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant

The following resources will help you get started learning more about your diagnosis and our available treatments:

Learn More about Other Opportunities Available to You

Knowledge is power! Learning more about your condition, what we offer and what others have experienced can help you feel more in control of your health and better able to make the right choices for you.

  • Clinical Trials - a clinical trial is one of the final steps in a long and careful cancer research process that is looking for better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer.
  • Patient and Family Support - helping you take care of your mental and emotional well-being, and the well-being of your loved ones.
  • Patient Stories - see stories from patients of the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program
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