The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute is proud to offer Central Florida’s first and only bone marrow transplant program for both children and adults. Over the last decade, the program has provided our neighbors with successful therapy for blood-related cancers and diseases. In fact, Florida Hospital Cancer Institute’s Center for Cellular Therapy has treated more than 500 blood and marrow transplant patients since 1996, treating conditions including aplastic anemia, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, bone marrow failure syndromes, germ cells tumors and neuroblastoma.
In these diseases, the bone marrow is unhealthy. A bone marrow transplant uses stem cells, which can come from either the patient’s own body (autologous) or that of a donor (allogeneic). In an autologous bone marrow transplant, stem cells normally found in the bone marrow are removed, filtered and given back to the patient. These cells then repopulate as healthy cells. In an allogeneic transplant, the cells come from a donor, usually a close family member. (If no family member is a suitable match, we will search the National Marrow Donor Registry Program to look for one.)
Our experts are trained to handle both types of bone marrow transplant. In fact, the bone marrow transplant physicians at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute are certified by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy. This means that they meet stringent volume and standard of care requirements, ensuring that they are among the most skilled and experienced physicians in the field available. They are also members of the National Marrow Donor Program, an organization dedicated to matching donors with patients.
The Florida Center for Cellular Therapy is nationally recognized for our pioneering work in this field. We feature a specialized 16-bed pediatric and adult bone marrow transplant unit at Florida Hospital Orlando. We’re also committed to being at the forefront of medical advances in this field, which is why we actively participate in the latest research and cutting-edge clinical trials. These trials often provide our patients with access to medicines and therapies not yet available to the general public.
Most importantly, we’re committed to supporting our patients during every step of the transplant process, from the initial consultation through treatment and follow-up.
If you would like to learn more about this program, please give us a call today at (407) 303-2070.
About Bone Marrow Transplantation
Patients who are about to undergo a bone marrow transplant usually receive high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation to eliminate the unhealthy marrow. Then, new stem cells are injected intravenously in a process resembling a blood transfusion. These cells then find their way to the bone and start to grow and produce more healthy cells.
For donors, the stem cell collection process is akin to having blood drawn at a routine laboratory visit. However, the process may take up to three days, depending on how many cells are collected.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 60 and in good health, you can become a bone marrow donor; there is always a need. If you would like to, you can join a donor drive in your area, or simply go to a local donor center to have a blood test performed. Volunteers’ blood tissue types (which are different than blood type) are recorded in a registry in case of a match.
The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute is accredited by several national cancer organizations for their quality, outcomes and comprehensive care. FHCI is accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (COC) and the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI). Most recently, our Clinical Research Center has been awarded a $2.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP), allowing FHCI access to NCI’s prevention, control and treatment trials for cancer treatment and prevention. Learn more about clinical trials and The Florida Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Program.
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