Tuesday, September 04, 2012
PHOENIX — The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona recently reached a milestone by performing its 1,000th adult bone marrow transplant. Mayo Clinic's BMT program, in collaboration with Phoenix Children's Hospital, is the largest BMT program in Arizona.
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Mayo Clinic is a regional referral center and performs more than 200 adult stem cell transplants each year. The long-running program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy and the National Bone Marrow Donor Program.
"This milestone represents Mayo Clinic's commitment to the highest-quality care for these extremely compromised patients, as well as the commitment of our staff to our patients," says Roberta Adams, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic in Arizona's BMT Program.
"The program has developed a broad referral base and strives to ensure that patients receive the very best care without leaving their home state," says James Slack, M.D., the program's adult clinical director.
Mayo Clinic's BMT program provides consultations, evaluations and treatment for patients who would potentially benefit from a stem cell transplant. BMT procedures include allogeneic (using donated stem cells), related and unrelated myeloablative or non-myeloablative, and autologous (using the patient's own, stored stem cells). Patients who are younger than age 18 are cared for through Mayo Clinic's pediatric program at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Approximately 30 BMTs are performed at PCH each year.
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