Choosing a Transplant Center
The Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center was established in 1981. Our highly skilled transplant team performs about 150 procedures each year, mostly for patients who have been diagnosed with leukemias, lymphomas or myelomas.
At Vanderbilt-Ingram, 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. When you are choosing a medical facility to use as your transplant center, many factors should be considered. Some important things to find out about are:
- the diseases that are treated and how the number and outcome for these transplantations compare to other centers
- the amount of experience the center and its transplant team has in doing your type of transplant
- the center’s accreditation and relationship with the National Marrow Donor Program, through which the search for bone marrow or cord blood cells is conducted
- the HLA (human leukocyte antigen) matching level required by the center for allogeneic transplants, which use donor cells
- the center’s pre-transplant, donor search and transplant costs and whether your insurance will cover you for care at this center
- the availability of other support services and staff dedicated to helping you deal with the social, psychological, family, caregiver and financial issues related to transplantation
- support services offered to you and your hometown physician during long-term recovery
- the recommendation of your own physician and the proximity to home
You can find extensive information about factors to consider when choosing a transplant center at www.marrow.org, the web site of the non-profit National Marrow Donor Program. To read more about evaluating and choosing a transplant center, see their Choosing a Transplant Center: A Patient's Guide.
To learn more about how the Vanderbilt-Ingram's BMT Program compares, see our Quality of Care page.
Suggested questions to ask when choosing a transplant center can be found on this page at marrow.org, the web site of the National Marrow Donor Program.
You can find out more about blood and marrow transplant and the issues related to this treatment from these resources:
- Choosing a Transplant Center: A Patient's Guide
- American Cancer Society (ACS) (1-800-ACS-1234) for education, information, and some financial support
- Amyloid Treatment & Research Program
- BMT InfoNet
- BoneMarrowTest.com: includes information for people who want to be hla typed for a specific person, but doesn’t want to join the donor registry
- Eurotransplant International Foundation
- Gilda’s Club ((615-329-1124) social support network
- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (1-800-332-2980)-for information, support groups, and financial reimbursements
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Cancercare (1800-813-HOPE) information and financial reimbursements
- Lymphoma Information Network
- Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
- National Cancer Institute
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
- National Marrow Donor Program (1-800-marrow2)
- Patient Advocate Foundation
- Office of Patient Advocacy at (1-888-999-7743)