Stem Cell Transplant

What is a stem cell transplant?

Stem cell transplantation (also called a bone marrow transplant) is a therapy for children with cancer or other diseases that affect their bone marrow. Bone marrow is a specialized tissue inside the bones that produces all of the body’s blood cells. The goal of a stem cell transplant is to transfuse healthy bone marrow cells into your child after unhealthy bone marrow has been destroyed.

Stem cell transplant is the treatment of choice for a large number of diseases of the immune and blood forming systems, including acute and chronic leukemia; lymphomas; immunologic and hematologic disorders, like severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome; and bone marrow failure syndromes, such as severe aplastic anemia.

It has also been used to successfully treat a variety of childhood solid tumors, including neuroblastoma, Wilms tumors, and certain testicular and ovarian malignancies.

Following a successful transplant, your child will require specialized care and precautions as her immune system recovers.

How we approach stem cell transplant

Patients needing a stem cell transplant are treated through the Stem Cell Transplant Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Our stem cell transplant program is one of the most experienced and largest pediatric transplant centers in the nation.

Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, an integrated pediatric oncology program through Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital, provides — in one specialized program — all the services of both a leading cancer center and a pediatric hospital.

Find in-depth information on stem cell transplantation on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website: