Stem Cell Transplantation Program
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.
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 specialists at Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center (DF/CHCC) 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.
Dana Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center is a world leader in pediatric stem cell transplantation.
- We perform more than 80 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.
In the News
Durkin Family Overcomes Triple Dose of MDS
ABC News tells the story of three siblings who are being treated for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder that affects the bone marrow.
ABC News interviews Boston Children’s Michelle Lee, MD, PhD, and nurse Julie Waitt about the treatments the sibilings recived at Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center.
Did you know? All about stem cells
Hematopoetic stem cells can form any type of blood cell including red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. They are different from pluripotent stem cells, which can form any type of cell. Stem cell, or bone marrow, transplants use hematopoetic stem cells to treat cancers and certain genetic disorders.
Did you know? Stem cell research
Conditions & Treatments
- Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
- Aplastic anemia
- Hodgkin lymphoma
- Sickle cell disease
- Wilms' tumor