Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant

Dr. Brandon Hayes-Lattin is a specialist in bone marrow-stem cell transplants, and a cancer survivor himself.
Dr. Brandon Hayes-Lattin is a specialist in bone marrow-stem cell transplants, and a cancer survivor himself. He is also medical director of OHSU’s program for young adults with cancer.

At the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, we do hundreds of bone marrow and other stem cell transplants a year. We’re big enough to have exceptional expertise but small enough to give each patient personal, compassionate care. We offer:

  • Doctors who are international experts in blood disorders, giving us a detailed understanding of which patients are likely to benefit from a transplant.
  • A state-of-the-art transplant area with HEPA filtration to block germs and lower the risk of infection.
  • Oregon’s only transplant program using donor cells, for more options.
  • Follow-up clinics in central and southern Oregon.
  • A survivorship program to help with your long-term needs.
  • A full range of support services to help you manage the transplant process and to address concerns with fertility, finances and other issues.
Dr. Richard Maziarz is the medical director of our bone marrow and stem cell transplant program.
Dr. Richard Maziarz is the medical director of our bone marrow and stem cell transplant program. He led a clinical trial that led to FDA approval of a blood cancer immunotherapy.

Oregon’s most advanced care

Our specialists have been doing bone marrow transplants for three decades, giving us the experience to offer outstanding care.

Advanced facilities and training: Our adult transplant clinic has 10 exam rooms with HEPA filtration to minimize the spread of infection-causing germs. The clinic’s infusion unit, where you will receive stem cells by IV, has 17 recliners and five private rooms. Our inpatient transplant unit in OHSU Hospital has 30 private rooms, all with HEPA filtration. Our nurses are specially trained in treating people with weakened immune systems.

National recognition: Our program, the Northwest Marrow Transplant Program, includes OHSU Hospital, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Legacy Health’s Good Samaritan Medical Center. This collaboration allows us to share expertise among many providers. The program was the first multihospital effort in the U.S. to meet the rigorous standards for accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy. 

Team-based care

OHSU’s Andy Chen, M.D., Ph.D., is an expert in blood cancers and bone marrow transplants.
OHSU’s Andy Chen, M.D., Ph.D., is an expert in blood cancers and bone marrow transplants.

To ensure excellent results for our patients, a team of specialists meets regularly and discusses each person who may be eligible for a transplant. As a team, they explore whether the procedure would be beneficial, or lifesaving, for your specific condition. Our team includes:

  • Hematologists, doctors who specialize in treating blood disorders
  • Medical oncologists, doctors who treat cancer with medications such as chemotherapy
  • Radiation oncologists, doctors who treat cancer with radiation therapy
  • Nurse practitioners and physician assistants
  • Nurse coordinators who help you set appointments and navigate other details of your care

Our inpatient team includes:

Innovations

We’ve provided leading-edge bone marrow transplants since 1990. This includes innovations such as: 

  • Bone marrow transplants for children at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
  • Haploidentical (imperfect match) transplants when a closely matched donor isn’t available
  • Stem cell transplants using umbilical cord blood

Support services

A stem cell transplant from bone marrow or other sources can be lifesaving. It’s also taxing physically and emotionally. At OHSU, support for you and your family includes:

  • Cancer social workers who can find counselors, support groups and resources to help you prepare for and manage during treatment.
  • A Bone Marrow Transplant Survivorship Program to help you arrange long-term follow-up care and to handle any complications. This program is also available to patients who had a transplant elsewhere.
  • Clinics in central and southern Oregon where you can receive follow-up care from OHSU providers.
  • Housing assistance if you are traveling to OHSU and need to stay nearby.
  • Financial support for people who need help working with their insurers or paying for a transplant.

Clinical trials and research

Bone marrow transplants are frequently used to treat blood disorders and blood cancers, which cause your bone marrow to make abnormal cells or reduce cell production. The Knight Cancer Institute is a world center for research to find better ways to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat cancer.

Clinical trials: We offer several clinical trials related to blood disorders and bone marrow transplants. These offer patients access to promising treatments that aren’t yet widely available.

Research and best-of-class treatments: OHSU’s blood disorder experts include Knight Cancer Institute Director Brian Druker, who helped develop the lifesaving medication Gleevec for an aggressive form of leukemia. In addition:

  • Our program belongs to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research, which contains information on more than 425,000 transplant patients. This offers researchers at OHSU and elsewhere a rich resource for improving care and outcomes for transplant patients. Read more about this and other cancer registries.
  • Dr. Druker is a pioneer in the field of precision cancer medicine, showing how medications such as Gleevec can attack cancer cells at the molecular level while leaving healthy cells mostly alone.
  • Dr. Druker is also helping lead a national effort, Beat AML, to find new treatments for acute myeloid leukemia. OSHU was the first hospital in the Northwest to offer a type of immunotherapy for certain blood cancers. OHSU helped lead the clinical trial that resulted in FDA approval in 2017.

For patients

Call 503-494-7999 to:

  • Request an appointment
  • Seek a second opinion
  • Ask questions

Location

Parking is free for patients and their visitors.

Center for Health & Healing Building 2
3485 S.W. Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239
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