Bone Marrow Transplant
Developed in 1996, Avera’s Bone Marrow Transplant program is the only one of its kind in the Dakotas. Bone marrow transplant has become a standard of care, as it offers the highest disease-free survival for cancers such as acute leukemia, multiple myeloma, and lymphoma. Right here in South Dakota, patients can receive care equivalent to any program in the nation with the same high outcomes, along with personalized care that results in a positive patient experience.
Avera’s Bone Marrow Transplant program is fully accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).
There are two types of bone marrow or stem cell transplants:
- Autologous transplants involve harvesting a patient’s own stem cells, delivering high doses of chemotherapy, and then giving the patient back his or her own stem cells, which will result in the normal growth of new blood cells. This mode is standard care for multiple myeloma, and is effective for certain types of lymphoma.
- Allogeneic transplants are similar, but involve the transplantation of adult blood-cell forming stem cells from a close relative, or someone who is a close match. For example, people with certain types of leukemia can benefit from this treatment, because their own stem cells carry the genetic mutation that caused cancer in the first place.
Avera Medical Group Hematology & Transplant is home to South Dakota’s and Sioux Falls’ only physicians dedicated to hematological care and bone marrow transplant.
The program offers the same level of care and outcomes as centers in major metropolitan areas, with the personalized care and service that characterize Avera.