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Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant


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Bone marrow and stem cell transplants are both approaches that add stem cells to your body. Stem cells are versatile cells that can develop into many different types of cells. The cells can be from your own body or from a related or unrelated donor, depending on your case.

A transplant can help when your body can’t produce enough healthy blood cells of its own. It’s also used to replace diseased bone marrow or blood cells, as well as replace healthy cells that were destroyed during chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

The difference between the two procedures is where the stem cell transplant comes from:
  • Bone marrow transplant: when stem cells are taken from your bone marrow (the spongy tissue inside bones)
  • Stem cell transplant: when stem cells are collected from your bloodstream


Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?

Sylvester is an NCI-designated cancer center. The National Cancer Institute has recognized Sylvester for its outstanding work conducting research in its laboratories, treating patients in its clinics and hospitals, and reaching out to medically underserved communities with innovative prevention strategies.

Advanced expertise in stem cell transplantation. You receive care from the most experienced team in the region. Our Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program was established in 1992 and is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). We have the fastest growing program in Florida. Our expertise draws patients from other hospitals throughout the area.

Access to the latest treatments through clinical trials. As part of an academic medical center, Sylvester offers access to some of the most promising new therapies. Many of our doctors are leading research to discover new approaches in chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy. We also offer opportunities to participate in clinical trials developed by the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network, a consortium of academic stem cell transplant programs.

Leading-edge bone marrow sampling technology. Developed by one of our oncologists, the OnControl® device takes consistent, high-quality bone marrow samples for greater accuracy in diagnosis and treatment monitoring. The procedure offers less pain and takes less than five minutes.

Many patients in the Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program come from other area hospitals. Stem cell transplant is available to you and is fully integrated with your cancer treatment.

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Who is a Candidate?

The Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program treats patients with cancers and blood diseases, including:

You will meet one of our transplant doctors and our multidisciplinary transplant team before you begin treatment. They will determine if a stem cell transplant is right for you.

The Transplant Process

Stem Cell Collection
Stem cells that produce blood are in your bone marrow. Your doctor will give you a medicine that releases stem cells from your bone marrow into your blood, where they can be removed. If we collect stem cells directly from your bone marrow, we draw them out through a needle that’s inserted into the back of your hip. You will have pain medicine (anesthesia) during the procedure so you don’t feel any pain.

The collected stem cells are set aside until after chemotherapy.

High-Dose Chemotherapy
You will receive high-dose chemotherapy to eliminate any remaining cancer cells in your body, which also destroys the damaged bone marrow. The treatment also reduces the number of white blood cells, which weakens your immune system, and blood platelets, which increases your risk of bleeding. Blood transfusions can help replace red blood cells. Eventually, the infused stem cells will produce blood cells, and your immune system will regain its power to fight infection and disease.

During chemotherapy treatments, you will stay in an infection-controlled unit in the hospital and receive comprehensive care to manage all aspects of your health. Typical hospital stays for stem or bone marrow transplants are about three or four weeks, but it varies for each person.

Stem Cell Transplantation
Stem cells — either your own that were collected before chemotherapy or from a donor — are added back into your body through a catheter (thin, flexible tube). This procedure is done at our outpatient clinic and doesn’t require hospitalization.

Clinical Trials

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is part of a university research medical center. Our patients gain access to many clinical trials of new therapies. Many of our doctors are principal investigators of this research, which includes new medical, surgical, and radiation therapies.

The Sylvester Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program offers opportunities to participate in clinical trials. These include clinical trials developed by the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network. This is a consortium of academic stem cell transplant programs.

Ask your doctor if you are a good candidate for a clinical trial.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • Doctor's Healthcare Plan
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • Florida Community Care (FCC)
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care