For certain cancers that affect the blood or lymphatic system, blood and bone marrow transplants are among the most effective treatments. And the good news is that the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center has one of the leading blood and bone marrow transplant (BMT) programs in the country.
“Blood or bone marrow transplants are often the only curative treatment for patients with cancers that originate in the bone marrow,” says Luis Pineiro, MD, medical director of the bone marrow processing laboratory and special blood services laboratory.
“Healthy cells from a donor will replace the diseased cells in the patient’s bone marrow.”
The BMT program at Baylor Dallas performed North Texas’ first adult marrow transplant in 1983 and has done more than 5,000 adult bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants in the past 30 years.
How does this work?
The soft tissue inside bones that produces blood-forming cells is called marrow. When cancer affects these cells, a transplant makes it possible to replace the diseased marrow with healthy cells.
“When you fix the blood cell ‘factory,’ you can start making healthy blood cells again,” Dr. Pineiro explains.
You may be a candidate for a transplant if you have been diagnosed with a certain cancer, including:
- Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome
- Multiple myeloma
- Chronic myeloid leukemia
- Severe aplastic anemia
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Baylor Dallas has one of only eight programs in the United States that offers all four components of the National Marrow Donor Program.
“At our site, we handle donation, collections, apheresis and transplant,” Dr. Pineiro says.
Want to know more? For more information about the blood and bone marrow transplant program at Baylor Dallas, search “BMT” at BaylorHealth.com or call 214-820-3535.