Bone Marrow Transplant - Children

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Evaluation for Transplant

After your child’s arrival conference, he or she will be scheduled for an evaluation for transplant. This evaluation will include a number of tests; a few will be done at the SCCA clinic and most at Seattle Children’s. Expect these tests to take several days.

Tests Your Child Will Need

The tests will, at a minimum, include:

  • Blood draws for tissue typing and clinical tests
  • A bone marrow aspiration and possible biopsy
  • Chest X-rays
  • An electrocardiogram
  • Pulmonary function tests, if your child is older than age 6

Your child’s doctor may order other tests as well.

You will also meet with a dietitian to discuss the special dietary needs of your child during transplant. Your child’s teeth will be checked by someone from our Oral Medicine Department. Ideally, you should take your child to see a dentist for a check-up and any necessary dental work before arriving in Seattle.

It will take seven to 10 working days for the results of these tests to be available. Families who live in the Seattle area often are able to go home during this time. Families who have come from further away typically use this time to get settled into temporary housing, such as the Pete Gross House or the Ronald McDonald Transplant House, and to get their children started at the Hutch School, which enrolls both young patients and their school-age siblings. Your social worker can help you make these arrangements.

Data-Review Conference

Once your child’s attending physician and medical team have received all the test results, you will sit down with them for a second conference to review the results before proceeding with treatment.

Your child’s attending physician will answer any questions that you may have, and if you have not yet signed the consent forms, which give our doctors permission to treat your child, you will do so during this conference.