At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, our Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant team will perform an extensive evaluation to determine if you are a suitable candidate for transplantation. The goal of the evaluation is to ensure that the procedure will be safe and beneficial for you. Our dedicated transplantation team works closely with you to make sure that we provide you with the most effective care possible.
Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation: Who Can Benefit?
A bone marrow or stem cell transplant is a procedure for patients whose bone marrow does not produce healthy stem cells. Certain diseases, and sometimes, treatments for diseases, can damage a person’s stem cells. Transplantation replaces the damaged stem cells with healthy, functional stem cells.
Patients with many different conditions may benefit from a transplantation procedure, including:
- Acute and chronic leukemias
- Aplastic anemia
- Non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Primary amyloidosis
Bone Marrow Transplantation: Am I a Candidate?
You may be wondering if you or a loved one is a good candidate for a transplantation procedure. Only your health care team can make the final determination. Our expert transplantation team works with you to determine your candidacy. The evaluation process, which may last a few days, includes many different types of tests.
Tests may include:
- Thorough physical examination and review of your medical history
- Blood tests
- Imaging scans, including chest X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans
- Tests to check your heart, lung and other organ functions
- Bone marrow biopsy (removing a small piece of your bone marrow for analysis), which gives us a deeper understanding of your condition
- Psychosocial evaluation
Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program: Becoming a Patient
You may begin the process by either:
- Referring yourself directly to our program by calling 202-444-3736
- Having your hematologist/oncologist refer you to one of our transplant physicians
After the initial phone call, we will advise you as to the next steps. Be prepared to:
- Forward several types of medical information before your first appointment. This allows us to prepare thoroughly so we can maximize your appointment time. Medical information may include:
- Medical history
- Treatment history
- Laboratory results
- Imaging scan results, including X-rays, CT scans, and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) films
- Bring your insurance card and any referral forms or pre-certification information that your insurance carrier requires.
Once we have determined that you are eligible for transplantation, we will discuss with you:
- The type of transplant you will have (autologous, using your own cells, or allogeneic, using a donor’s cells)
- Preparing for bone marrow or stem cell transplant
- What to expect during bone marrow or stem cell transplant
Make an Appointment
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a bone marrow transplant specialists, please call our scheduling line.