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 diseases 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 increasingly treated with curative intent with BMT and cellular therapies. 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 — serious diseases, 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
- Myelodysplastic syndrome
- Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria or PNH
- Sickle cell disease
International Leaders in Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapies
Patient survival in the BMT & 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 4,000 transplants. We have been 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.
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.
Services Unique in the Milwaukee Area
Our Day Hospital is open every day to provide outpatient therapy and treatment that might otherwise require hospitalization. Day Hospital services include bone marrow transplants and other infused treatments such as chemotherapy for BMT and other patients. Experienced, compassionate physicians and nurses provide treatment and a high level of care in a convenient, comfortable environment designed to improve patients’ quality of life during treatment.
In addition, our 24-Hour Cancer Clinic is open 24/7 offering care by oncology providers to support cancer patients who have unexpected medical issues that can’t wait until the next day for care.
For the fifth 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 180 BMT centers in the country, our program is one of only 12 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 five years in a row.
Personalized Care for Complex Blood Cancers
No matter how far patients have traveled for treatment, they appreciate our personalized care and the holistic way we meet their many needs. A patient-centered approach called the hub concept was developed by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin to streamline care, ease patients’ stress and guide them through treatment.
Each patient’s “hub” consists of a new patient coordinator, who gathers medical records and schedules appointments and tests as needed, and a nurse coordinator, an experienced oncology nurse who coordinates the patient’s personalized treatment process. Care is brought to our patients, freeing them from care coordination tasks so they can focus on their recovery.
Nationally Accredited for High Quality Bone Marrow Transplant Care
The Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program has been accredited by a national organization called 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.
Second Opinion for Blood Cancers and Blood Disorders
Second opinions provide patients with the reassurance that a diagnosis is accurate and that they know all of the treatment options available to them. Learn more about our Second Opinion Program.
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.
We are here to help international patients arrange for their care at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Join the Registry to Donate
Be The Match® is the registry operated by the National Marrow Donor Program. It is easy to register to be a donor. Simply click on the link, fill out an online form and return four swabs, which are sent right to your home. 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.
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.