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About the BMT Program

What We Do

Transplantation of bone marrow or blood stem cells is a sophisticated procedure used in the treatment of both malignant and non-malignant diseases, chiefly leukemia, lymphomas and myelomas.

We are committed to offering innovative, compassionate and individualized care that addresses not only the medical needs of our patients and families but their psychological and social needs as well:

  • The process begins with a thorough screening that includes detailed medical evaluation, education for both patient and caregiver, financial counseling and psychosocial evaluation.
  • We closely follow our patients after transplant through a specialized long-term follow-up clinic.
  • We work in partnership with referring physicians through the process, from pre-transplant evaluation through the transplant itself and through the post-transplant period as the patient transitions back to the care of his or her own doctor.

Types of Transplants

The Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center offers the full spectrum of transplant types:

  • Autologous, which uses a patient’s own cells from the bloodstream or the bone marrow
  • Related allogeneic, which uses cells form a family member
  • Unrelated allogeneic, which uses cells from an unrelated matched donor
  • Reduced-intensity transplant, sometimes called a “mini-transplant,” which requires less intensive treatment with chemotherapy or radiation
  • Umbilical cord blood transplant (first adult patient transplanted in 2006)

These transplants may be conducted in an inpatient setting or in our Outpatient Treatment Unit (OTU) depending on the needs of the individual patient.

Diseases that we treat with transplant

We offer BMT for patients with the following diseases:

Facilities and services

  • A 27-bed inpatient, HEPA-filtered transplant unit on the 11th floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital
  • A 13-room outpatient transplant unit, located on the second floor of the Vanderbilt Clinic, staffed 365 days a year.
  • Outpatient housing arrangements
  • Long-term follow-up clinic