Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

A commitment to cancer care led SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and SLUCare to establish a Blood, Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program in 1990. Since the program’s inception, SLUCare specialists in hematology and oncology have performed hundreds of allogeneic and autologous bone marrow transplants.

Now, our specialists at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital can offer you a new option for those cancer treatments – the only outpatient bone marrow transplant center in the region, allowing some cancer patients the ability to return home during treatment rather than face a lengthy inpatient hospital stay.

The Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) program is aimed at long-term remission or the cure of the patient’s disease. Our program also provides an elevated standard of care that involves expert medical staff support, patient education and state-of-the-art technology. Started in 1990, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital in conjunction with SLUCare physicians, have performed hundreds of blood and marrow transplants in patients from the United States, Canada and South America.

We take a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. In addition to our specialty trained medical oncologists, our team includes:

  • Dedicated BMT nurse practitioners
  • Oncology certified nurse coordinators
  • Oncology trained PharmD
  • Inpatient and outpatient registered nurses who are specialty trained in BMT and possess oncology and infusion certifications
  • Masters degree-trained Social Workers
  • Pastoral care
  • Physical therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Insurance coordinator specifically trained in transplant

Conditions We Treat

SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital with SLUCare physicians perform BMT’s for the following diagnoses:

  • AML, ALL, CML and CLL; MDS; Myelofibrosis and myeloproliferative disorders
  • Multiple myeloma / amyloidosis, Severe aplastic anemia
  • Hodgkin’s disease, NHL
  • Testicular
  • Renal cell, selected brain tumors and sarcomas

Autologous, allogeneic and syngeneic transplants are offered at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

Types of allogeneic BMT’s offered are:

  • Haploidentical
  • Related: HLA (human leukocyte antigen) matched and mismatched
  • Unrelated: HLA matched and mismatched
  • Umbilical Cord Blood:
  • -Single and double
  • -HLA matched and mismatched
We offer preparative regimens, including:
  • Myeloablative
  • Nonmyeloablative
  • Reduced intensity

Advantages of BMT

The center is located within the Saint Louis University Cancer Center on the hospital’s campus. We have the clinical expertise and facilities that enable physicians to provide better care for many transplant patients. We offer:

  • A team approach to care to ensure all your needs are met and to empower you to take an active role while developing personalized treatment plans
  • Social, emotional and spiritual support along the entire continuum of care
  • Access to clinical trials, including SWOG (Southwest Oncology Group) and SLU physician investigator trials
  • Exceptions nursing care based on patient satisfaction surveys

We know this process can be overwhelming, and that’s why we will be here to be with you every step of the way. Contact us today at 314-268-7700 to schedule an appointment and learn more about the advantages of our comprehensive program.

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