Treating Malignant Diseases, Tumors and Other Disorders with Bone Marrow Transplant
Blood and marrow transplantation can be used to treat a variety of blood diseases and disorders, ranging from slowly progressing chronic conditions to aggressive malignancies.
The BMT team works closely with physicians and other clinical staff from the Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Program, who treat many of the conditions for which BMT is a treatment option.
Blood Cancers: Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma
Many blood cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, are curable. If a cure is not possible, the goal is to convert the disease to a chronic condition. Using a full range of treatment options and support services, the treatment team strives to give patients the best quality of life over the longest period of time.
These conditions include:
- Bone marrow failure syndrome, such as aplastic anemia
- Hodgkin lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Myelodysplastic syndrome
- Myelofibrosis (a myeloproliferative disorder)
- Acute myeloid leukemia
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Chronic myeloid leukemia
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Testicular cancer is included among several types of cancer called germ cell tumors. Some patients who do not respond to conventional treatments for testicular cancer may benefit from high-dose chemotherapy combined with bone marrow transplant.
Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (WM) is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that produces large amounts of an abnormal protein called a macroglobulin. Stem cell transplants can help some people with WM, but physicians are working to determine which patients will benefit the most.