stem cell transplantation
The St. Francis Stem Cell Transplant program is the first and only of its kind in the area and offers Upstate cancer patients and their families a leading-edge option close to home. The program, accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) since 2001, provides blood and bone marrow transplantation – the preferred treatment for several types of cancers, including acute and chronic leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.
about stem cell transplantation
Stem Cell Transplantation is the preferred treatment for some cancers, including acute and chronic leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. There are three primary types of Stem Cell Transplantation:
Autologous, which uses the patient's own bone marrow Learn more >>
Allogeneic-related, which uses genetically similar marrow from a donor who is a relative of the patient Learn more >>
Allogeneic-unrelated, which uses marrow from an unrelated donor
Stem cell transplantation involves harvesting stem cells from either the patient or a donor, treating the patient with chemotherapy and sometimes radiation before infusing the collected stem cells into the patient. The stem cells make their way to the center of the bones, where they begin to grow into new blood cells, which can take from two to four weeks.
During the procedure, a physician withdraws stem cells from either the patient or donor, administers chemotherapy and sometimes radiation to the patient, and then injects the previously collected stem cells into the patient. The stem cells make their way through the bloodstream and into the center of the bones, where they begin to grow. This process, called engrafting, can take from two to four weeks.
Depending on the type of transplant, patients may be hospitalized for a few days or up to several months. Those undergoing transplants are hospitalized in special rooms equipped with state-of-the-art air filtration systems and other safeguards to help protect transplant recipients' weakened immune systems. Through the support of the St. Francis Foundation, the rooms are furnished with home-like touches – such as a laptop computer and comfortable furnishings – to help ease the strain of an extended hospital stay.
stem cell transplantation team
Internationally-recognized Dr. Gary Spitzer leads the Stem Cell Transplantation program. Dr. Spitzer is a pioneer in the industry, having helped to shape the current practices of stem cell transplantation.
stem cell transplantation inpatient care
The Stem Cell Transplantation rooms at St. Francis are equipped with state-of-the-art air filtration systems and many other immune system safeguards for patients undergoing the intense transplantation process. Through the support of the St. Francis Foundation,patient rooms are furnished with home-like touches, such as laptop computers and comfortable furnishings, to help ease the strain of an extended hospital stay.
For more information, please call 864-255-1591.
stem cell transplantation community and educational resources
- Cancer Society of Greenville County
- Leukemia Lymphoma Society
- The Bone Marrow Foundation
- International Myeloma Foundation
- Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
- American Cancer Society
- National Cancer Institute
- Amyloidosis Support Network
- Blood and Marrow Transplant Information Network
- National Marrow Donor Program