A pediatric blood and marrow transplant may be required to replace healthy blood cells damaged by cancer treatment or disease. The transplant infuses healthy stem cells to help restore/correct bone marrow functionality and rebuild the child's immune system.
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In autologous transplants, cells are taken from the patient through a process called apheresis. In apheresis, the patient's blood is passed through a machine that removes the stem cells (immature cells from which all blood cells develop); the blood is then returned to the body. The process takes several hours. Autologous transplants are performed for:
In allogeneic transplants, blood stem cells donated by another individual are infused into the patient. The blood stem cells may come from bone marrow, peripheral blood or cord blood. The donor can be related, such as a sibling or parent, or unrelated. A test known as "HLA typing" or "tissue typing" determines the best-matched donor.
Unrelated donors are located through the National Marrow Donor Program and other blood and marrow or cord blood registries. This permits us to successfully find well-matched donors for most of our patients who need an allogeneic transplant. We also have special methods to process unrelated marrow or peripheral blood to reduce the risk of certain complications.
To make an appointment with a Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant physician, please call
To arrange a second opinion consultation at the Cancer Center for your child, please call Megan Atkinson at