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UVA Stem Cell Transplant Program

The UVA Stem Cell Transplant Program treats patients with high-risk and life-threatening blood diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome and others. Our clinic is recognized by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and has access to the Be The Match Registry, the world’s largest and most diverse bone marrow donor registry, greatly expanding the number of transplants we're able to provide to our patients.

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UVA Stem Cell Transplant Program

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UVA Stem Cell Transplant Program

The UVA Stem Cell Transplant Program treats patients with high-risk and life-threatening blood diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome and others. Our clinic is recognized by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and has access to the Be The Match Registry, the world’s largest and most diverse bone marrow donor registry, greatly expanding the number of transplants we're able to provide to our patients.

Clinical & Research Expertise

  • UVA Cancer Center was selected as a transplant center for meeting the rigorous quality standards expected by the NMDP/Be The Match. These criteria include:

    • Medical directors with prior transplant experience
    • Nurses who are trained and experienced in the care of transplant patients
    • A coordinator and patient advocate who are familiar with the issues of transplant from an unrelated donor
    • Experienced labs that meet the high standards set by professional laboratory organizations

    UVA Cancer Center is one of only two NMDP/Be The Match programs in Virginia. 

About Stem Cell Transplants
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A Vital Treatment Option

Stem cell transplantation is an effective form of therapy for an increasing number of cancerous and benign blood disorders. Stem cells have the ability to differentiate into and retain the properties of many cell types, providing a lifetime source of new cells for patients in need. In recent years, stem cell transplants have become a significant treatment option for patients with blood disorders because of increased survival rates.

    • Transplant Types

      • Autologous bone marrow transplant (uses stem cells from your own body)
      • Allogeneic bone marrow transplant (uses stem cells from a relative or unrelated donor)
      • Peripheral blood stem cell transplants, including umbilical cord blood transplant
      • Marrow unrelated donor transplants, which offer patients access to the world's largest and most diverse bone marrow donor registry

      Our Team

      The program's team includes more than 20 doctors, nurses and technical staff with experience that includes:

      • More than 15 years of research and patient care in bone marrow, stem cell and umbilical cord transplant
      • Work in umbilical cord blood stem cell biology that's helped create new treatments for patients with blood and heart diseases
    Advancing Your Knowledge
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    About Stem Cell Transplants

    Stem cells reside in both the spongy tissue inside bones and the peripheral blood. In patients with diseases like leukemia, stem cells malfunction and produce abnormal cells. In a stem cell / bone marrow transplant, stem cells are taken from healthy marrow or blood, filtered and given to a patient. When a transplant is successful, the new stem cells produce healthy blood cells.

    It may take about a month for the donor stem cells in the bone marrow to begin to function fully. If the transplant is successful, new bone marrow cells will produce healthy red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

    Stem cell transplantation may be done using:

    • Stem cells that were taken from your own bone marrow or blood and stored
    • Stem cells from a donor's bone marrow or blood

    The Treatment Process

    The Stem Cell Transplant Program evaluates and treats patients with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood disorders that need bone marrow, stem cell or umbilical cord blood transplants.

    New patient evaluations are similar to typical doctor's office visit. At the new patient evaluation you can expect the following:

    To meet with your transplant physician who has expertise in the treatment of blood cancers with stem cell transplantation. Your doctor will review your medical records, speak with you about treatment options and make recommendations.

    • A transplant nurse coordinator will meet with you to answer any questions you may have
    • Meet with a social worker
    • Receive information on donor testing (if applicable)
    • Insurance verification for HLA (human leukocyte antigen) testing, which helps match donors and recipients

    Once a graft source (the source of the cells) is identified, you'll have another appointment at the clinic, where you will meet with a nurse coordinator, physician, social worker, pharmacist, financial coordinator and nutritionist. You'll learn about the clinic's team approach to care and the steps in the treatment process. We perform the transplant in the hospital in an inpatient setting.

    Choosing Your Care

    Today, the outlook for many patients with acute leukemia is very good. While there are many treatment options available, you should consider the experience of the program and dedication of the care team when choosing where to seek care. It's your right as a patient to ask questions and seek a second opinion.

    FACT Accreditation

    UVA Stem Cell Transplant Program receives FACT accreditation for autologous and allogeneic transplants.

    Contact Us

    Call us to schedule a consultation: 434.924.9333.