Stem Cell Transplantation Program

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Pediatric stem cell transplantation, also called bone marrow transplantation, is used to treat many types of conditions affecting children and teens, including cancer and certain hematologic, immunologic and genetic disorders.

Stem cell transplants are provided through our Stem Cell Transplant Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, an integrated pediatric oncology program through Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital that provides—in one specialized program—all the services of both a leading cancer center and a pediatric hospital.

Our Stem Cell Transplant Center is one of the largest and most experienced pediatric stem cell transplant programs in the United States. Our team includes doctors and scientists that are leaders in the field of pediatric stem cell transplantation, as well as nationally known pediatric subspecialists.

If your child's doctor suggested a stem cell transplant you are probably wondering what it is and how it can help your child. Our pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Center Our pediatric stem cell transplant specialists at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center will help you understand all the steps, from donor identification, to the transplant process to your child's recovery.

When you come to Boston, you and your child will meet our patient coordinators, who will facilitate your child’s treatment. Your child’s stem cell transplant will take place on our stem cell transplantation unit at Children’s Hospital Boston, which is specially designed to protect your child during treatment. After the procedure, your child will receive post-transplant care from our team at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Our expertise

Dana Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is a world leader in pediatric stem cell transplantation.

  • We perform more than 90 stem cell transplants each year for children and teens with many types of cancer and other disorders.

  • Our pediatric stem cell transplantation team includes some of the world’s most experienced and knowledgeable pediatric stem cell transplant doctors and scientists, as well as nationally recognized pediatric specialists.

  • Our doctors work collaboratively with national research groups, including the Children’s Oncology Group, Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network and the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium to develop innovative clinical trials and expand transplantation for new conditions.

  • We have an active stem cell research program which includes scientists who partner with our clinical care team to improve outcomes for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Your child’s transplant team

The group of specialists involved in your child’s care through the transplant process is often referred to as the “transplant team.” This group of specialists works together to provide your child the best chance of a successful transplant. Our transplant team consists of:

  • Physicians, who specialize in pediatric oncology, hematology, immunology and bone marrow transplantation

  • nurses, who work closely with all members of the team to plan and carry out your child’s care, providing support and teaching along the way

  • clinical assistants, who assist the nursing staff in providing care to your child

  • social workers, who help your family deal with many issues that may arise including lodging and transportation, finances, schooling and legal issues 

  • dieticians, who help your child meet nutritional needs before and after transplant

  • physical therapists, who help your child become strong and independent with movement and endurance after the transplant

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