Mayo Clinic's approach

Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience using bone marrow transplants to treat a variety of conditions, including cancers. Mayo Clinic offers bone marrow transplants for adults and children using the patient's own cells (autologous transplant), cells from a donor (allogeneic transplant) or using cells from an umbilical cord (cord blood transplant).

People who choose Mayo Clinic for their care receive comprehensive, compassionate and personalized attention from doctors and staff who are committed to providing exactly the care they need.

Teamwork

At Mayo Clinic, doctors who specialize in blood diseases (hematologists) form a multidisciplinary team with other experts to provide personalized, whole-person care to adults and children undergoing bone marrow transplants.

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Your transplant team may include hematologists, cancer specialists (oncologists), mental health specialists (psychologists and psychiatrists), a bone marrow transplant scheduling coordinator, transfusion medicine nurses, trained and specialized nurses, physician assistants, social workers, a nurse coordinator, a clinical nurse specialist, a dietitian, pharmacists, a chaplain and a child life specialist for children undergoing bone marrow transplant.

Children and adolescents undergoing bone marrow transplants receive care at the Children's Center at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota. At Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona, pediatric experts collaborate with the Phoenix Children's Hospital to provide care to young patients. Together the two oversee a single bone marrow transplant program for children. Pediatric patients receive care from Mayo Clinic specialists in Florida through a partnership with Nemours Children's Specialty Care and Wolfson Children's Hospital.

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Mayo Clinic doctors and staff collaborate to provide you with exactly the care you need.

Experience

Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience performing bone marrow transplants for adults and children with a variety of cancerous and noncancerous diseases. Each year, more than 700 people undergo bone marrow transplants at Mayo Clinic.

The first bone marrow transplant at Mayo Clinic occurred in 1963. Bone marrow transplant procedures are performed by Mayo Clinic doctors in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

The long history of bone marrow transplants performed at Mayo Clinic means that doctors are prepared with the knowledge and resources to provide you with expert, personalized care.

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Mayo Clinic experts draw on their extensive experience to provide personalized care to people considering bone marrow transplant

Bringing research advances to patient care

Mayo Clinic doctors and scientists are involved in cutting-edge research that allows them to apply the latest advances to patient care.

Innovations include:

  • Haploidentical transplant to use stem cells from donors who aren't perfect matches. Research is helping doctors understand how to reduce the risk of complications and improve recovery for people whose stem cell donors aren't perfect matches.
  • Reduced-intensity conditioning to use lower doses of chemotherapy and radiation before a transplant. Researchers are studying new conditioning regimens that will allow older people and those who aren't healthy enough for conditioning to undergo bone marrow transplants.
  • Cord blood transplant using stored and frozen umbilical cord blood. There are fewer stem cells in cord blood, but those stem cells can grow more blood cells than can those collected from bone marrow. Using cells from cord blood reduces the risk of graft-versus-host disease. Researchers are identifying the best ways to use cord blood for bone marrow transplants.
  • Expanding indications for bone marrow transplant to use this treatment for a wider variety of conditions, including complicated and rare diseases.

At Mayo Clinic, some bone marrow transplants are performed as hospital-based outpatient procedures, which reduces the amount of time you'll need to spend in the hospital.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic bone marrow transplant specialists are respected for their knowledge, experience and expertise.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

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  2. From Employee to Patient After Startling Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis

    After receiving a surprising diagnosis, Patty Brown navigated her multiple myeloma treatment with support, guidance and care from her Mayo Clinic team ? and a few pancakes. Patty Brown was simply going in to catch up on some routine lab work she'd put off related to her Crohn's disease. But what began as routine turned [...]

  3. Cancer Care Inspires Kim DeBolt to Join the Mayo Clinic Team

    It was a quiet, rainy morning in 2002 at the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, Minnesota. Kim DeBolt was staying at the hospitality house while recovering from a stem cell transplant at Mayo Clinic to treat acute myelogenous leukemia. Family members were often with her at the house, but Kim was alone that [...]

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    When 67-year-old Stefan Gyorkos of St. Augustine, Florida, noticed swelling in his feet several years ago, he didn't think much of it. After all, as chef at a local golf and country club, he is on his feet for hours at a time. That seemingly innocent ailment, however, would eventually lead to a series of [...]

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    "There is something wrong" are words no expectant parent ever wants to hear. And for Ryan and Kathy Nielsen, they came just 20 weeks into Kathy's first pregnancy. The couple was eagerly awaiting the arrival of their child and had been busy getting their home ready. Then, doctors diagnosed their unborn son, Aaron, with congenital [...]

  6. Mother and Daughter Winning Battle With Cancer Despite Family History of the Disease

    Most of us have known someone with cancer, either in our family or with a friend or an acquaintance. But cancer can be particularly cruel when it seems to target a specific family over and over again. For the Zepeda family of Miami, cancer has stricken a mother, her daughter, a number of other family [...]

Expertise and rankings

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Mayo Clinic specialists work together, combining their knowledge and experience in caring for to people undergoing bone marrow transplant to provide the most effective care. This experience and expertise earns Mayo Clinic doctors respect from colleagues around the world.

Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors diagnose and treat thousands of people who have blood or bone marrow disease, many of whom benefit from bone marrow transplant. Mayo Clinic's Bone Marrow Transplant Program is among the largest in the country.

Mayo Clinic is recognized for excellence in bone marrow transplant by national and international groups:

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's quality rankings.

Volumes and outcomes

 

Mayo Clinic doctors' experience and integrated team approach results in transplant outcomes that compare favorably with national averages. Teams work with transplant recipients before, during and after surgery to ensure the greatest likelihood of superior results.

Volumes and outcomes are maintained separately for the three Mayo Clinic locations. Taken together or separately, transplant recipients at Mayo Clinic enjoy excellent results.

Locations, travel and lodging

The Village at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, offers low-cost housing for transplant patients and their families.

The Gabriel House of Care in Jacksonville, Florida, offers low-cost housing for transplant patients and their families.

The Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, Minnesota, offers low-cost housing for transplant patients and their families.

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Bone marrow transplant costs and insurance information

Mayo Clinic has dedicated transplant financial services representatives and social workers who can assist you with insurance and financial questions regarding your transplant.

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. Many insurance companies require you to get preapproval authorization prior to transplant services.

Insurance information

Before your transplant, it's important that you work closely with your insurance company to understand your benefit plan. You'll be responsible for any of your transplant and medical care costs not covered by your insurance company.

You may want to ask your insurance company several questions regarding your transplant expenses, including:

  • What is the specific coverage of my plan? What are my deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, lifetime maximum amount and annual maximum amounts for both medical care and transplant services?
  • Does my plan have a pre-existing or waiting period clause? If so, what is the time frame? Can this be waived?
  • Does my plan include pharmacy coverage? If so, will my plan cover my current medications and immunosuppressant medications?
  • Does my plan require any special approvals for evaluation or transplant? How long does the approval process take once submitted to insurance?
  • Does my plan cover my transportation and lodging expenses during my transplant care?
  • Does my current insurance require enrollment in Medicare when eligible?
  • Does my insurance follow Medicare Coordination of Benefits guidelines?
  • How will my current coverage change after enrolling in Medicare? Will my plan become a supplemental or secondary plan?

If your plan is a Medicare supplement, ask questions including:

  • Does my plan follow Medicare guidelines?
  • Does my plan cover Medicare Part A and B deductible and coinsurance?
  • Does my plan have a pre-existing or waiting period? If so, what is the time frame?
  • Does my plan offer an option for Medicare Part D coverage?

Other expenses

Please plan for other expenses that may occur related to your transplant, which may include follow-up medical appointments, long-term medications, caregiver expenses, travel, parking, lodging and other expenses.

If you have an allogeneic bone marrow transplant, your donor's transplant-related medical care may be paid by your insurance company.

For international patients

Mayo Clinic has dedicated international patient account representatives who can assist you with questions regarding your costs and insurance. Read more about international financial services.

Case managers

Mayo Clinic financial staff will work closely with your case managers from your insurance company. Your case manager, who is assigned to you, is available to answer questions and calls related to your insurance costs.

Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.

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