Stem Cell & Bone Marrow Transplant
At Harley Street at University College Hospital we provide a specialist stem cell transplant service, we are fully JACIE accredited, this accreditation recognises high quality patient care.
Stem cell transplant or bone marrow transplant is a type of treatment that replaces damaged blood cells with healthy ones. Stem cell transplants have been used to treat blood cancers and disorders for many years, and more recently have been used to treat some auto-immune conditions, specifically Multiple Sclerosis.
There are different types of stem cell transplants, the most common are:
- Autologous transplant – using your own stem cells
- Allogeneic transplant – using a donors cells
Depending on your diagnosis you may be able to use your own stem cells for the transplant, however this is not always possible and a donor is required. A donor may be a family member who is considered to be a good match (related donor), or it may be from an unrelated donor who has chosen to donate their stem cells to the British Bone Marrow Registry.
Less common transplants are:
- Cord blood transplant – using donor umbilical cord stem cells
- Haploidenticle transplant (Haplo) – using a donors cells
These transplants are an option for patients who are unable to find a high match donor.
Your consultant and medical team will discuss your diagnosis and the most appropriate transplant process with you in detail.