Caring for kids who need a stem cell transplant
Some children with cancer or a blood disorder need a stem cell transplant, sometimes called a bone marrow transplant. This procedure involves injecting or infusing healthy stem cells from a donor.
What are stem cells? Stem cells produce the three main types of blood cells that are essential for life: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Stem cells mainly live in the bone marrow (the spongy center of certain bones). Stem cell transplants are used to replenish stem cells when the bone marrow has been destroyed by disease, chemotherapy or radiation.
Dayton Children’s does not perform stem cell transplants. Our role is to identify patients who need a transplant, perform pre-transplant testing for the child and stem cell donor, and provide post-transplant follow-up in our clinic. Families can have the stem cell transplant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center or Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Our team has excellent relationships with the stem cell transplant teams at these institutions, and makes sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. Hospital stays can range from one month to three months or even longer.
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