Cancer Transplant Institute at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
The Cancer Transplant Institute at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare is a program created to provide comprehensive, personalized care for patients with blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
From initial consultation services through to follow-up care after a transplant, the Cancer Transplant Institute provides complete care throughout the entire spectrum of a patient’s transplant process.
The physicians of the Cancer Transplant Institute perform these transplants in both an outpatient and an inpatient setting. Whether a patient is treated primarily as an inpatient or an outpatient depends on the type of transplant, the type of cancer, and on the individual patient and family needs. The outpatient clinic is located in Suite 200 of the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, and inpatient transplants are performed at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center.
What is Peripheral Stem Cell Transplant?
A Peripheral Stem Cell Transplant (commonly referred to as a bone marrow transplant), is a procedure to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow with healthy bone marrow stem cells. Bone marrow is the soft, fatty tissue inside your bones, and stem cells are immature cells in the bone marrow that give rise to all of your blood cells.
There are two types of transplants - autologous (where your own cells are used) and allogeneic (where a donor is required). In fact, for the majority of the autologous transplants, cells that are collected from a patient’s blood are used instead of bone marrow.
For more information on autologous and allogeneic transplants click here.
Which Transplant is Right for You?
Since autologous and allogeneic transplants are very different, they also carry different risks and complications. The choice of which form of transplant you may require is often based on the type of cancer that you have, how you have responded to it and your general health. During your initial visit, your doctor will discuss with you which transplant is more appropriate as well as the risks and benefits to each approach.
Disease Types Commonly Treated with a Transplant:
• Leukemias (acute and chronic)
• Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
• Hodgkin’s Disease
• Multiple Myeloma
• Aplastic Anemia
• Myelodysplastic Disorders
• Certain Solid tumors (Germ cell, neuroblastoma)