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Stem cell transplant (also known as bone marrow transplant or BMT) is an established cellular therapy for many cancers and blood diseases once considered incurable. For some types of blood diseases, stem cell transplant is the standard of care; for others, it’s only considered if other treatments have been unsuccessful. Today, ongoing advances in stem cell transplant continue to expand its availability and improve outcomes for patients, both young and old.
At the University of Chicago Medicine, we offer the latest approaches in stem cell transplant. Our patients benefit from physicians who are internationally recognized for their expertise and experience in:
We provide outstanding and compassionate care in a patient-centered environment. The Stem Cell Transplant Unit located on the top floor of the Center for Care and Discovery offers the newest technology as well as many thoughtful patient and family amenities. The unit integrates both inpatient and outpatient stem cell transplant care services in one convenient location.
The stem cell transplant programs at UChicago Medicine is a Blue Cross Center for Distinction and has been named a Center of Excellence by OPTUM, Aetna, Interlink and Cigna. We are fully accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and the Center for International Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Research.
As a leading center for advanced care, UChicago Medicine attracts patients from throughout the region, country and world. If you’re traveling from abroad, we provide customized services to make your experience just that much smoother. For more information, contact our Center for International Patients.
Pediatric hematologist-oncologists from UChicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital offer pediatric stem cell transplant for blood diseases, certain types of cancer, immune system disorders and genetic diseases.
In the late 1940s, University of Chicago researcher Dr. Leon Jacobson discovered he could save a mouse whose bone marrow and spleen had been destroyed with radiation by transplanting healthy spleen tissue from another mouse. The donated tissue repopulated the marrow and restored production of the blood cells. This groundbreaking work influenced many scientists investigating bone marrow transplant for humans, including the winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.