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About the Program

About UVA's bone marrow and stem cell transplant program

UVA's bone marrow and stem cell transplant program includes the following types of transplants:

  • Autologous bone marrow transplant: Performed using stem cells from your own body
  • Allogeneic bone marrow transplant: Performed using stem cells from a relative or unrelated donor
  • Peripheral blood stem cell transplants, including umbilical cord blood transplant
  • Marrow unrelated donor transplants, which offer patients access to the world's largest and most diverse bone marrow donor registry

About Bone Marrow Treatment

The bone marrow from a family member or friend, a stranger or even a patient can save a life.

A bone marrow transplant replaces damaged or diseased blood cells:

  • Bone marrow is the spongy tissue found inside your bones. This bone marrow contains stem cells that produce blood cells to fight infection.
  • In patients with conditions like leukemia, the stem cells malfunction and produce abnormal cells. Large doses of radiation or chemotherapy are needed to kill the abnormal cells, but the treatments kill good cells, too.
  • During a bone marrow transplant, stem cells are taken out, filtered and given back to the same patient or to another patient.