Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation

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What is stem cell transplantation?

Stem cell transplantation (also called a bone marrow transplant) is a therapy for children with cancer or other diseases that affect their bone marrow. Bone marrow is a specialized tissue inside the bones that produces all of the body’s blood cells. The goal of a stem cell transplant is to transfuse healthy bone marrow cells into your child after unhealthy bone marrow has been destroyed.

  • Stem cell transplant is the treatment of choice for a large number of diseases of the immune and blood forming systems, including acute and chronic leukemia, lymphomas; immunologic and hematologic disorders, like severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome; and bone marrow failure syndromes, such as severe aplastic anemia.
  • It has also been used to successfully treat a variety of childhood solid tumors, including neuroblastoma, Wilms tumors, and certain testicular and ovarian malignancies.
  • Following a successful transplant, your child will require specialized care and precautions as her immune system recovers.

How Dana-Farber/Boston Children's approaches stem cell transplants

Patients needing a stem cell transplant are treated through the Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Our stem cell transplant program is one of the most experienced and largest pediatric transplant centers in the nation.

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Find in-depth information on stem cell transplantation on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website:

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