Bone Marrow Failure Diseases

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Overview

The body’s bone marrow is what makes the blood cells in our body that carry oxygen, fight infections, and clot to stop bleeding. Bone marrow failure diseases inhibit these functions because the marrow can’t make enough blood cells that the body needs.

Bone marrow failure disease can be inherited or acquired. They can cause problems in the body that can be life threatening. Children with a bone marrow failure disease may have problems with their digestion or with the function of their heart, lungs, kidneys, hormones, bones, nerves, or other systems. Some children may be at higher risk for leukemia or other cancers.

Outstanding Care Team

The medical team at Seattle Children's, a parent organization of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, has a long history of successfully caring for children and teens who have bone marrow failure diseases. Renowned specialists from Children's and SCCA work together to improve your child's quality of life and conquer these diseases.

Standard therapy for bone marrow failure diseases is provided at Seattle Children's. If your child's health-care team determines that the best course of action is a bone marrow transplant, your child will receive this treatment through Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Cancer Care Success Rates

If your child's condition requires a bone marrow transplant, you should know that the Fred Hutchinson Transplant program at SCCA was ranked first in outcomes in a four-year study by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) that measured one-year survival rates of patients among 122 transplant centers in the United States.