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Certain diseases and treatments can deplete a child's healthy stem cells. Sometimes the body needs help to replenish those cells. When this happens, your child may require a very complex process called a stem cell or bone marrow transplant.
Since 1986, Cook Children's Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant program has performed more than 1,000 transplants in children with cancer, blood disorders or inherited conditions. That's what makes this program one of the more diverse and experienced pediatric transplant programs in the Southwest.
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Over the last three years, 30 to 40 transplants were performed every year for a variety of diseases, with leukemia being the most common primary diagnosis.
Offering the best treatment with the highest quality of care is of the utmost importance. At Cook Children's, we are committed to innovative clinical research, as well as advancing the field of stem cell transplants and improving patient outcomes. We achieve this through excellent clinical care at the bedside, extensive quality initiatives and benchmarking our outcomes against large national and international academic transplant centers.
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Stem cells are cells in the body that have the potential to turn into anything, such as a skin cell, a liver cell, a brain cell, or a blood cell. Stem cells that turn into blood cells are called hematopoietic stem cells. Hematopoietic stem cells can be found in bone marrow (the spongy tissue inside bones), the bloodstream, or the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies. These cells are capable of developing into the three types of blood cells:
Hematopoietic stem cells may come from the patient or from a donor. Stem cells that come from an individual patient for their own use (autologus transplant) are collected from the blood through a special IV catheter after receiving chemotherapy. These cells are frozen before the child or teen undergoes a transplant. These stem cells are then thawed and put back into the patient's body after high-dose chemotherapy treatment is complete.
Donor stem cells come from a compatible family member or through a match from a worldwide registry of donors. Depending on the particular needs of your child, one or all three types of a donor's stem cells will be considered:
While all three types of blood cells can replenish a patient's blood and bone marrow cells, there are advantages and disadvantages to each. The doctor will discuss these issues and suggest the best type of stem cell for your child's illness.
National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) transplant center since August 1990
Cook Children's Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program has performed multiple autologous and allogeneic transplants, making it one of the more diverse and experienced pediatric transplant programs in the Southwest.
If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. If you would like to speak to one of our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-4007.