Bone Marrow Transplant Facts

Bone Marrow Transplant Facts

Preparing for TransplantDownload Preparing for Transplant (PDF), a detailed guide designed to help patients and their caregivers get ready for a bone marrow transplant. If you are receiving an allogeneic transplant please download Allogeneic Transplant Resource Manual (PDF). If you are receiving an autologous transplant please download Autologous Transplant Resource Manual (PDF).

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 Hutch 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 Hutch’s founders, E. Donnall Thomas, MD, won the Nobel Prize in 1990 for his groundbreaking work with bone marrow transplants.

What Is a Transplant?

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.

Types of Transplants

Learn the difference between autologous and allogeneic transplants, and find out about options for people who don’t have a matched donor.

The Transplant Process

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.

Finding or Becoming a Donor

Learn about how to find a donor, if you need one, or become a donor for someone who needs a transplant.

Transplant Definitions

Look up transplant terms you may hear during your evaluation and treatment at SCCA.

Preparing for Transplant Book

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.

Web Resources

The more you know about your treatment options, the more empowered you’ll be. This list of reputable sources will help with your research.