Bone marrow transplantation is among the greatest success stories in many types of diseases, including cancer and autoimmune disorders. Not only can it greatly help with non-malignant diseases, but it has boosted survival rates from nearly zero to more than 85 percent for some blood cancers.
When looking for the right treatment center, there are a few important questions to ask yourself:
- How much experience does the transplant team have in treating your disease?
- What are the survival rates compared to other centers?
- Is the center known for their innovative research and use of advanced therapies?
- Does the transplant center have extensive support programs available to you, your caregiver, and your family?
- Is there a long-term follow-up program to help with issues that may arise after therapy?
While the initial search for a transplant center may seem overwhelming, you'll discover that doctors at Fred Hutch first developed clinical bone marrow transplantation more than 40 years ago, under the direction of E. Donnall Thomas, MD, who won a Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work. As of 2018, the Fred Hutch Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) has performed more transplants than any other institution in the world.
Why choose Seattle Cancer Care Alliance?
The benefits of getting treatment done by clinicians at the Fred Hutch Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance include:
- One of only six transplant centers in the country to exceed expected survival rates for five consecutive years.
- Beyond four decades of experience and over 15,000 total transplants performed.
- Clinical trials representing innovative treatments not available elsewhere.
- Additional treatment options for patients without a matching donor, including using a cord blood transplant or a haploidentical transplant.
- Additional treatment options for elderly patients and patients with co-morbidities.
- Unmatched support for you and your family, providing help with a variety of services and resources.
- One-of-a-kind long-term follow-up care with lifelong support.
Becoming a survivor and telling your story can bring hope to others who may also have cancer. That's why many patients at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance have shared what their experience was like in overcoming the illness. One such patient is Sarah Kaufmann-Fink, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at age 22 and treated with a bone marrow transplant. Read about her incredible journey here and what life has been like since receiving treatment.
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