Bone Marrow Transplant Facts
Bone marrow transplantation is among the greatest success stories in cancer treatment. It has boosted survival rates from nearly zero to more than 85 percent for some blood cancers. Newer options—such as reduced-intensity transplants, haploidentical transplants, and cord blood transplants—have made transplants available to many more people who need this potentially life-saving treatment.
The Fred Hutchinson Transplant Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) has long been the leader in providing bone marrow transplants for people with lymphoma, leukemia, and other diseases. One of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s founders, Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, MD, won the Nobel Prize in 1990 for his groundbreaking work with bone marrow transplants.
Get an overview of transplants, including what happens when marrow malfunctions, how transplants fight cancer and other diseases, where the transplanted cells come from, and which diseases we treat.
Learn the difference between autologous and allogeneic transplants, and find out about options for people who don’t have a matched donor.
Walk through the seven steps in getting a bone marrow transplant at SCCA—from planning and preparing for your transplant to recovering and getting long-term follow-up care.
Learn about how to find a donor, if you need one, or become a donor for someone who needs a transplant.
Look up transplant terms you may hear during your evaluation and treatment at SCCA.
This resource explains in detail what you need to know before having a bone marrow transplant at SCCA. Download a PDF of the book for easy printing.
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