Nebraska Medicine's Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant program has been ranked as one of the busiest adult and pediatric stem cell transplant programs in the world. The program averages 150 transplants a year since its inception in 1983. Each year, hundreds of patients from across the globe select the world-renowned specialists at Nebraska Medicine to guide their cancer treatment and transplant.
Adult and Pediatric Conditions Treated
The Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant team treats adult and pediatric conditions such as leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other hematologic cancers, pediatric solid tumors like neuroblastoma or select brain tumors, immune deficiencies like SCID, metabolic diseases, and non-malignant hematologic disorders like sickle cell anemia.
Types of Transplants We Offer:
Autologous (aw-tall-o-gus) transplant is the term used when a patient’s own bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells. The patient will donate the stem cells before radiation and chemotherapy for infusion later in the treatment process.
Allogeneic (al-lo-jen-a-ick) transplant is the term used when the transplanted bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells are collected from a person specifically typed and matched with the patient. Usually this is a relative such as a brother or sister, known as a related transplant. In some instances the donor may be an individual from the National Marrow Donor Program; when this is the case, it is called an unrelated transplant. If an autologous transplant is being done stem cells will be specially prepared, preserved and then frozen. These cells will then be carefully thawed prior to infusion during the transplant.
- Myeloablative or Nonmyeloablative
- Haploidentical Transplant
- Myeloablative or Nonmyeloablative
Syngeneic is the term used when stem cells are received from an identical twin.
We Set the Standard for Blood and Bone Marrow Transplants
Our world-renowned experts have been recognized internationally for pioneering a number of ground-breaking advancements that have helped improve success rates and made blood and bone marrow transplants a more viable and promising option for a growing number of patients.
These advancements have included:
- Introduction of autologous and allogenic transplantation using peripheral stem cells as an alternative rescue product
- Performing transplants in alternate settings other than traditional inpatient hospital units
Quality and Continuity of Care
Our doctors and transplant nurse case managers follow the patient throughout the entire transplant. This team specializes in disease-specific areas and will follow you throughout your entire pre-transplant, transplant and recovery process. Services include a 24/7 infusion center to quickly evaluate and treat patients. This means a better continued quality of care for you.
Access to the Most Advanced Treatments
Nebraska Medicine's cancer (oncology) team is extremely active in clinical research and clinical trials, providing you with access to the most up-to-date and revolutionary treatments.
We are part of the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network – a consortium transplant centers across the country that collaborate on clinical trials in order to derive data from a larger population of patients and to allow for greater sharing of information between centers.
Through this network, doctors can study and refine their techniques to diagnose, treat and follow patients to provide them with optimal care.
Our doctors and scientists are internationally known for their research in this area and offer you access to the newest and most innovative therapies through our participation in blood and bone marrow clinical trials. See what clinical trials related to transplants are currently underway.
Addressing Your Personal Care Needs
Addressing a patient’s physical, educational, emotional and spiritual needs are important aspects of providing a more complete and holistic approach to care. A host of amenities and supportive services are available to help meet these needs. This includes personal care services such as wigs, wig fittings, prosthetic and bra fittings, yoga, massage therapy, skin care and make-up lessons specifically geared for people with or recovering from cancer are also provided in a private setting.
Cancer Support Services
Finding out that you have cancer can be a very emotional and difficult time. You will likely have many questions and issues to work through. We will be with you every step of the way. Nebraska Medicine offers a host of cancer support services to help you with your physical, emotional, educational and financial needs.
We're Here for you Long After Your Treatment
Our Survivorship Clinic is designed to help adult patients deal with the emotional and physical challenges cancer can leave behind such as fear of recurrence, physical and medical long-term side effects and helping you return to a normal life again. It will also help you transition back into the care of your primary care physician.
Accreditations and Awards
Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)
FACT Accreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality in cellular therapy and blood and marrow transplantation and verifies that our transplant program has met rigorous international standards.
Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Consortium - Member
The PBMTC is the largest clinical trials group focused exclusively on blood and marrow transplants for children and adolescents. Our consortium includes over 100 member pediatric BMT centers in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and the Czech Republic and over 600 individual members.
- Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium - Member
- The American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Oncology Practice Initiative - Certified Quality Oncology Practice
- The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) - Accredited Cancer Center
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) - Comprehensive Cancer Center
- National Cancer Institute (NCI) - Designated Cancer Center