Blood and marrow transplantation and cellular therapies are important treatment options for several kinds of cancer, including leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. These therapies also offer the potential of cure for marrow failure, immune deficiency states, some genetic disorders, benign blood disorders and autoimmune diseases.
Patients receive advanced care for these and other conditions through our Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Program as well as our Benign Hematology Program. Such diseases were considered untreatable even a generation ago and are now successfully treated with bone marrow and stem cell transplant, as well as cellular therapies.
The abbreviation "BMT" can stand for blood and marrow transplant or the more specific bone marrow transplant — both involve harvesting and transplanting blood stem cells to cure a variety of diseases and conditions, cancerous and noncancerous alike. Conditions we treat include:
- Acute and chronic leukemia
- Acute myeloid leukemia
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Chronic myeloid leukemia
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Mast cell leukemia
- Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
Benign Blood Disorders — These serious diseases are not classified as cancer, but some may progress to cancer.
- Autoimmune disorders
- Aplastic anemia
- Bone marrow failure syndrome
- Germ cell tumors
- Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis or HLH
- Mast cell leukemia
- Myelodysplastic syndromes, including
- Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria or PNH
- Sickle cell disease
International Leaders in Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapies
Patient survival in the Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program has consistently been above the national average, according to the U.S Patient Survival Report.
Our physicians are helping set the standard of care for transplant and cellular therapies. They are pioneers in vital research and clinical trials that continue to advance dynamic treatment options. Since 1980, our team has performed more than 5,000 transplants. We are at the forefront, performing more blood and bone marrow transplants and providing more treatment and quality of life options than any other center in Wisconsin. Our program is one of the largest in the Midwest.
Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant
Autologous (uses your stem cells) or allogeneic (uses donor stem cells) transplants replace cancer cells or other unhealthy cells with healthy stem cells that take over.
CAR T-Cell Therapy
With CAR T-cell therapy, re-engineered T cells are infused back into a patient to become part of the immune system where they can then identify and attack unique cancer cells.
Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Donation
You may be donating stem cells for your own treatment, a loved one or a complete stranger. We're here to explain the donation process and provide donor support.
Second Opinion for Blood Cancers and Blood Disorders
Second opinions provide you with the reassurance that your diagnosis is accurate and that you know all of the treatment options available to you.
Nationally Accredited for High Quality Bone Marrow Transplant Care
The Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program has been accredited by the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) since 2001. For patients, this measurement of quality and expertise provides assurance that they are receiving high-quality transplant care and provides a way for them to compare different programs.
FACT-accredited facilities demonstrate the latest knowledge in the field, including stem cell transplant. They also meet strict government regulations, as well as rigorous standards defined by leading experts in the field.
Simplified Connection to Personalized Care for Complex Blood Cancers
Patients appreciate our personalized care and the holistic way we meet their many needs. A new patient coordinator will gather medical records so you don’t have to get them together, and schedules appointments and tests as needed. An experienced oncology nurse coordinates your personalized treatment process and answers questions you may have throughout treatment. This approach frees you from care coordination tasks so you can focus on your recovery.
Unique Services in the Milwaukee Area
Our Day Hospital is open every day to provide convenient, comfortable outpatient therapy and treatment that might otherwise require hospitalization. Day Hospital services include bone marrow transplants and other infused treatments such as chemotherapy for blood and marrow transplant patients.
24-Hour Cancer Clinic
Our 24-Hour Cancer Clinic is open 24/7 to offer care by oncology providers to support cancer patients who have unexpected medical issues that cannot wait until the next day for care.
For the seventh year in a row, the Froedtert & MCW Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program’s patient survival rates were ranked as "better than expected" by the Stem Cell Transplant Outcomes Database annual BMT center specific analysis. Out of approximately 200 BMT centers in the country, our program is one of only 13 in the country that performed better than expected during the evaluation years represented in the report, and one of only five that performed at that level for seven years in a row.
Recognized for Excellence by Insurance Providers
The BMT and Cellular Therapy Program is a Blue Cross Distinction Center and has been named a Center of Excellence by Humana, OPTUM, Anthem, Aetna, Interlink, Lifetrac, Multiplan and Cigna.
The nbmtLINK Web site is designed to help patients, caregivers and families cope with the social and emotional challenges of bone marrow and stem cell transplant from diagnosis through survivorship by providing vital information and personalized support services.
The Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network (BMT InfoNet) is dedicated to providing transplant patients, survivors and their loved ones with emotional support and high quality, easy-to-understand information about bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cell and cord blood transplants.
Be The Match
Be The Match® is the registry operated by the National Marrow Donor Program. Around 70 percent of people who need bone marrow transplants need a matching donor who isn’t a family member. You could “be the match” and save a life.
Virtual Visits Are Available
Safe and convenient virtual visits by video let you get the care you need via a mobile device, tablet or computer wherever you are. We’ll gather your medical records for you and get our experts’ input so we can offer treatment options without an in-person visit. To schedule a virtual visit, call 1-866-680-0505.
Patients from around the globe look to Froedtert Hospital for expert care.
We are here to help international patients arrange for their care at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis.
Cancer and the COVID-19 Vaccine
There is currently no data that suggests current or former cancer patients should avoid getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Cancer can weaken your immune system, so we recommend that most patients get the vaccine as soon as possible.