Stem cells are special human cells found in bone marrow that can develop into many different cell types, such as brain or muscle cells.
A stem cell transplant (also called bone marrow transplant) is a procedure that replaces cells affected by cancer or killed by radiation therapy and chemotherapy drugs. A stem cell transplant helps stimulate new bone marrow growth. We harvest stem cells from peripheral blood and not bone marrow.
An autologous stem cell transplant uses cells taken from the patient’s own body before chemotherapy and then replaces it after cancer treatment. Autologous stem cell transplants are used most often to treat the following:
The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation is one of the only cancer clinics in the country to offer outpatient stem cell transplants. Our cancer care specialists have extensive experience in autologous stem cell transplants, which has been shown to be better in terms of quality of life, costs, and reduced toxicity.
We perform the procedure in our facility so you avoid hospitalization. That means you can recover in the comfort of your home with your loved ones. In fact, we have successfully treated patients with myeloma and lymphoma who did not require hospitalization.
We are also available to help with accommodations during the entire procedure.