Stem Cell Transplant
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Children’s Health℠ is the only academic medical center in North Texas that offers stem cell transplantation to children with a variety of malignant and non-malignant disorders. Because of its affiliation with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, children treated at Children's Health have access to therapies years before these treatments are widely available.
Why Children's Health℠?
In conjunction with UT Southwestern, the program is also FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy) accredited. The Children's Health stem cell transplant team approaches care from every angle, including physical, social, psychological and financial. We attempt to not only care for your child but for your whole family.
- Children's Health has performed more than 250 transplants since the program start in 1992.
- Children's Health is the only Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Center with a dedicated immunologist in North Texas.
- The recent expansion of Children's Health provided a new Hematopoietic Transplant Unit with 12 beds, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
- Children's Health Gill Center was listed in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of pediatric specialties.
Conditions We Treat
The Children’s Health Stem Cell Transplant Program performs both autologous and allogeneic bone marrow transplants to treat malignant and non-malignant disorders such as these:
- Approximately 40% of transplants
- Solid tumors (neuroblastoma, brain tumors and lymphomas)
- Approximately 60% of transplants
- Hematologic malignancies (e.g., leukemia cancers)
- Bone marrow failure syndromes (e.g., aplastic anemia, Diamond-Blackfan anemia)
- Hemoglobinopathies (e.g., sickle cell disease, thalassemia)
- Primary immune deficiencies
Children's Health offers autologous, related and unrelated allogeneic and umbilical cord transplants. The program also works closely with a pediatric immunologist to optimize care of children with primary immunodeficiencies.
Newborns with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome, commonly known as the “bubble boy syndrome,” appear healthy at birth but rarely live a year unless they receive a bone marrow transplant.
Beginning in 2013, Texas became one of only 15 states that routinely screens for SCID in newborns.
The Children’s Health Stem Cell Transplant Program collaborates closely with Maria Teresa De La Morena, M.D., a UT Southwestern Associate Professor of Pediatrics who specializes in primary immunodeficiency and has become a regional expert on SCID. Through this collaboration with Dr. De La Morena, the Stem Cell Transplant Program is helping save lives of newborns diagnosed with SCID.
Finding a Match
Blaykie Needs a Stem Cell Match
Before Blaykie knew that she likes cheerleading, the color pink and anything glittery, she and her family found out that she needed a bone marrow transplant to cure her of her leukemia.
Sickle Cell Disease is Nothing to Play Around With. And Ely Eude Cruz Knows It.
Sickle cell disease makes it difficult for her to play very long during recess. That’s why she’s making a play for a cure.