Bone marrow transplant: Approach to Care
The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at UF Health is comprised of a specialized, comprehensive team that is available to assist you with your care throughout your transplant experience. The Program began in 1981 and is the state’s longest established transplant program. We have performed more than 2000 transplants for both adults and pediatrics for diseases such as leukemia, multiple myeloma, lymphomas, neuroblastoma, myelodysplastic syndromes, testicular cancer, aplastic anemia, certain genetic disorders and immunodeficiency syndromes.
The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program is part of the UF Health Shands Cancer Center, an interdisciplinary initiative connecting clinicians and scientists who perform original scientific research as well as conduct research protocols to enhance strategies for the diagnoses, treatment and prevention of cancer. You may be invited to participate in clinical trials which offer new tests or treatments that are appropriate for your disease.
UF Health is the first site in Florida to offer "mini" transplants. Such non-myeloablative transplants use less intensive conditioning regimens and are an alternative for thousands of cancer patients either too old or too ill to withstand transplantation using approaches that employ high doses of chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
- 2000 Florida's first pediatric placenta/umbilical cord blood transplant for sickle cell anemia
- 1997 Florida's first mini bone marrow transplant for lymphoma
- 1996 Florida's first adult placenta/umbilical cord blood transplant for leukemia
- 1995 Florida's first pediatric placenta/umbilical cord blood transplant for leukemia
- 1995 Nation's third and Southeast's first placenta/umbilical cord blood bank
- 1983 Florida's first pediatric bone marrow transplant
Additional facts about the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at UF Health ShandsHospital and the UF Health Shands Cancer Center:
- Accredited hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) center (with more than 2,000 transplants)
- Large experience in stem cell collection, processing and cryopreservation
- Core center for two National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) networks: Blood &Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (2007-2011)
- Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network (2007-2012)
- National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) collection and transplant center
- Member of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant (CIBMT)
- National Institute for Health (NIH) funded programs in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine research