Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation – John Theurer Cancer CenterFor more than 25 years, John Theurer Cancer Center has provided lifesaving blood and marrow stem cell transplantation. We have one of the largest and most experienced transplant programs in the United States. We are among the top ten programs in the country, performing a total of more than 6,000 blood and marrow stem cell transplants and around 400 every year. This experience translates to better outcomes for you.
Conditions We Treat with Blood and Marrow Stem Cell TransplantAdvances in stem cell transplant have made this approach a viable option for people with blood-related cancers and benign (noncancerous) blood disorders, including older patients and those with multiple medical issues.
Blood-related cancers we treat:
- Acute myelogenous and lymphoblastic leukemia
- Chronic myelogenous and lymphocytic leukemia
- Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
Benign blood conditions we treat:
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Myeloproliferative neoplasms
- Aplastic anemia and bone marrow failure
- Hemoglobinopathies (including thalassemia and sickle cell disease)
- Germ cell tumors
Types of Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplants
John Theurer Cancer Center performs all types of blood and marrow stem cell transplants, including:
- Allogeneic – stem cells from a donor
- Autologous – stem cells from the patient
We offer special expertise in:
- Matched and mismatched transplants from unrelated donors
- Partial match (haploidentical) transplant – stem cells from someone who partially matches you
- Umbilical cord blood transplants
- Bloodless (no transfusion) for autologous transplants
Expertise in Photopheresis
One of the biggest challenges with stem cell transplant is the risk of graft-versus-host disease, a complication in which immune cells from the donor attack normal tissue of the recipient.
John Theurer Cancer Center offers expertise in a therapy called photopheresis to treat graft-versus-host disease. We remove some of your white blood cells, treat them with a medication called methoxsalen and then expose them to ultraviolet light. Once returned to your bloodstream, these supercharged white blood cells help your immune system fight graft-versus-host disease.
Your Team of Experts
Your blood and marrow stem cell transplant team features doctors with decades of experience, including specialists who focus specifically on leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. The teams meet weekly to develop treatment plans for each patient.
Our advanced practice nurses, case managers, nurse navigators, social workers, pharmacists and registered dieticians all specialize in the care of transplant patients. In fact, many of our nurses have certification in oncology and stem cell transplantation.
Our Research and Clinical Trials
At John Theurer Cancer Center, you may have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial of new and exciting approaches to stem cell transplant. Our research has a strong focus on reducing the complications of transplant and also lowering the risk of disease recurrence. We are the first in the world to combine checkpoint inhibitors (drugs that inhibit the proteins cancer cells use to evade detection by the immune system) after transplantation, at a time when the immune system has the best opportunity to eliminate any remaining cancer cells.
John Theurer Cancer Center offers investigational therapies through our collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Immunology Branch and Georgetown University.Current Clinical Trials
Why Choose John Theurer Cancer Center for Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant
One of the First
Accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) in 1991, we were the second accredited transplant facility in the country. Our team also was the first in the United States to be recognized by the Joint Commission with Disease-Specific Care Certification for stem cell transplantation.
One of the Largest
John Theurer Cancer Center is home to one of the country’s largest apheresis facilities – performing removal of stem cells for harvesting and transplantation.
One of the Most Experienced
Among the top ten highest volume blood and marrow stem cell transplant programs in the country, we have performed a total of more than 6,000 blood and marrow stem cell transplants since our program’s inception and perform around 400 transplants every year. We have also performed more than 1,500 transplants for lymphoma and performed more allogeneic transplants for multiple myeloma than any other center in our region.
For more than 25 years, our physicians in the Adult Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program at John Theurer Cancer Center have provided this lifesaving therapy.