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Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant

What is a bone marrow transplant for children?

A bone marrow transplant (BMT) is a treatment for children with certain types of cancer or other diseases. The goal of BMT is to replace a child’s diseased bone marrow with healthy bone marrow.

Bone marrow is the spongy material in the center of the bones that makes all types of blood cells, including young blood cells called stem cells. In BMT, stem cells are filtered, and then put back into the same child. Or they are put into another sick child. These stem cells will grow and become new and healthy bone marrow. Transplanted stem cells are called the graft.

There are different types of BMT based on how the healthy stem cells are collected.

Frequently Asked Questions

Types of Bone Marrow Transplants

Autologous bone marrow transplant

Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant

Umbilical Cord Blood Transplant

About This Treatment

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Pre and Post Operative Care

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Bone Marrow Transplant at Children's National Hospital

The Blood and Marrow Transplantation team is a nationally recognized leader in pediatric blood and marrow treatment advances and cutting-edge treatment protocols developed by physicians right here at Children’s National. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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Providers of Bone Marrow Transplant

Departments that Offer Bone Marrow Transplant

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Whether your child needs a simple blood test or more advanced laboratory procedure, we understand it can be a frightening experience for a child and difficult for parents.

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Cellular Therapy Program

Only a handful of programs worldwide offer cellular therapy. Many things make the Children's National Cellular Therapy Program special.

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Blood and Marrow Transplant

Our blood and bone marrow disease experts provide advanced transplant procedures for children and teenagers.