About the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
If you have been diagnosed with leukemia, aplastic anemia, lymphoma or another type of cancer, you may be a candidate for a bone marrow or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Years ago, such transplants were almost all performed using bone marrow. More recently, the field has largely shifted to obtaining the cells needed for transplant from the blood.
The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is home to Jefferson's Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program. Patients can be treated with HSCT using matched related donors, half-matched related donors or compatible unrelated donors.
There are eight research-driven transplant regimens, using both full intensity and reduced intensity chemoradiotherapy, designed to treat patients in varying stages of disease. This Program is accredited by the Foundation for Accreditation and Cellular Therapy (FACT), an international organization that sets quality standards for all aspects of transplant care.
A major part of many of the transplant treatment regimens is total body irradiation (TBI), which helps treat malignancy and facilitates the acceptance of donor cells. This radiation is provided at the Bodine Center for Radiation Therapy, one of the region's busiest radiation oncology centers, offering one of the largest cancer treatment programs in the Delaware Valley.
Our physicians are committed to providing you with thorough and compassionate care prior to, during and after your bone marrow transplant procedure. As with any organ transplant, a proper donor must be found first. Once a donor has been identified, you will be prepped for the procedure.
Preparations for a bone marrow transplant vary depending on:
- The type of transplant
- The disease requiring transplant
- Your tolerance for certain medications