Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Program
Texas Children's Cancer Center has one of the premier stem cell and bone marrow transplantation programs in the country. This includes a state-of-the-art, 15-bed inpatient transplant unit - the largest of its kind in the Southwest. The unit employs a novel approach that provides patients with more mobility and access to activities during their stay. A specialized HEPA air-filtration system allows patients to leave their rooms to socialize and participate in functions on the unit. This advance can make an extended stay on the transplant unit less traumatic for young patients.
For some time, bone marrow transplantation has been a treatment of choice for relapsed leukemia patients. However, the role of bone marrow transplantation in the treatment of children with other forms of cancer and blood diseases has increased dramatically during the past few years. The Cancer Center Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program is helping to expand the use of this technique for patients with solid tumors like Osteosarcoma, neuroblastoma and brain tumors; a variety of high-risk hematologic diseases, such as thalassemia major and transfusion-dependent sickle cell disease; and other nonmalignant diseases.
In addition, donors other than perfectly matched siblings can now be used. Through this development, the Cancer Center can offer potentially curative bone marrow transplants to an increasing number of patients.
One of the most remarkable aspects of the Cancer Center's bone marrow transplantation program is its close alignment with the Center's cell and gene therapy program. The synergism between researchers in these programs has led to a variety of novel and exciting treatment approaches.
Click on the links below to read articles by members of the Bone Marrow Transplant Team from our new quarterly eJournal, Perspectives on Childhood Cancer.
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