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Stem Cell Transplant for Childhood Diseases

  • The Stem Cell Transplant Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is one of the largest and most experienced pediatric stem cell transplant centers in the world. Our team includes doctors and scientists who are leaders in the field of pediatric stem cell transplantation, as well as nationally known pediatric subspecialists.

    The Center performs autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplants (also called bone marrow transplants) to treat and support the treatment of children with pediatric cancers, blood disorders, metabolic disorders, and immunodeficiencies. 

  • Why Choose Dana-Farber/Boston Children's?

    The Stem Cell Transplant Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's is a world leader in pediatric stem cell transplants. Here's why:

    World-renown Specialists

    Our stem cell transplant specialists are internationally recognized and considered leaders in their clinical fields. Many of our physicians are also researchers, which means your child will have access to the most cutting-edge treatment options.

    State-of-the-art Transplant Facility

    Our 14-bed state-of-the-art stem cell transplant unit is designed specifically for children and teens undergoing stem cell transplant — minimizing their exposure to harmful toxins and germs without preventing their freedom to leave their room or interact with family and friends.

    Innovative Clinical Trials

    Our program includes an active, world-renowned research program with scientists who partner with our clinical team to improve outcomes for stem cell transplants. We offer innovative treatment options and clinical trials, including experimental therapies for relapsed, recurrent, or refractory cancers.

    Second Opinions

    We offer expert second opinions (in-person or online) for complex medical questions or decisions regarding a new diagnosis or treatment plan for your child.

    National Distinctions for Excellence

    We are the only pediatric center in New England to receive the Cigna LifeSOURCE Transplant Network Center of Excellence status for Bone Marrow Transplant. We also were named a Center of Medical Excellence by the Bone Marrow Transplant Quality Review Committee at UniCare. We received this distinction based on our Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) accreditation, our quality of care, high patient volume, and strong outcomes over an extended period of time.

    Services to Improve Quality of Life

    We provide a range of innovative programs to improve quality of life during and after treatment, including the back-to-school program, home hydration program (to minimize time spent in the hospital receiving chemotherapy) and multiple, age-appropriate activities and outings with child-life specialists.

    Graft-versus-host Disease (GVHD) Clinic

    We offer one of the only graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) clinics in the country for pediatric stem cell transplant patients, offering specialized care for children and teenagers affected with this condition

    Good Manufacturing Practice Facility

    A GMP facility is one that adheres to specific manufacturing processes and practices established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dana-Farber is home to the Connell and O'Reilly Families Cell Manipulation Core Facility — New England's only Class 10,000 GMP cell therapy facility an academic medical center.