Abramson Cancer Center bone marrow and stem cell transplant clinicians and researchers have led the way nationally for years; both in the care of patients undergoing transplant and in its research.
Today, there's more hope than ever for those who face a cancer diagnosis in which bone marrow or stem cell transplant is a treatment option.
Penn's program is one of the oldest and largest in the country. By putting our experience to work, we offer the best possible treatment outcomes.
Bone Marrow Transplant is a procedure to replace bone marrow that has been destroyed by treatment with high doses of anticancer drugs or radiation.
Transplantation may be autologous (an individual's own marrow saved before treatment), allogeneic (marrow donated by someone else), or syngeneic (marrow donated by an identical twin).
Stem Cell Transplant is a method of replacing immature blood-forming cells that were destroyed by cancer treatment. The stem cells are given to the person after cancer treatment to help the bone marrow recover and continue producing healthy blood cells.
If bone marrow or stem cell transplant is a treatment option for you, it's important to have the best team of experts available.
At Penn's Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program you'll find individuals nationally recognized for their expertise. They can provide the information, care and support to help you each step of the way.
Penn has one of the few Hematologic Malignancy (leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma) Research Programs in the country that is approved and funded by the National Cancer Institute. It is through this research program that Penn has made significant advances in improving bone marrow and stem cell transplants.
The knowledge gained through our research allows us to better care for those undergoing bone marrow/stem cell transplant.
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Kristi Elder lived cancer free for 12 years after treatments in her mid-20s for a rare cancer. While coming to Penn for routine follow-up, a staff member recognized that Kristi could benefit from our survivorship program. In Kristi's first visit with our Living Well after Cancer program, she and the Director, Linda Jacobs, PhD, CRNP, simply talked for over an hour about her life. Kristi received personal counseling and referrals to specialists to deal with specific side effects from her cancer treatment. This past year, Kristi was again diagnosed with the same form of cancer. Her physician at Penn has enrolled her in a clinical trial, and she credits the Living Well After Cancer program with bringing her to a place emotionally and physically where she can handle this recurrence and be hopeful about the future.