For blood and bone marrow transplants, you can trust Florida’s largest program at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute.
The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute is Florida’s largest pediatric blood and bone marrow transplantation program. Our program has excellent outcomes for children who need bone marrow (stem cell) transplants to treat leukemia, lymphoma, immunodeficiency syndromes and other forms of cancer and blood diseases.
Our program was one of the first pediatric centers in the United States to offer “reduced intensity” transplants in an effort to minimize the toxic effects of radiation and chemotherapy. We perform about 50 hematopoietic stem cell transplants each year.
Blood and Marrow Transplant Services
Our program provides a full range of blood and marrow transplant services, including:
- Bone marrow transplants
- Peripheral blood stem cell transplants
- Cord blood transplants
Bone Marrow Transplant: 50 Percent Match
Finding a perfect bone marrow match for every child is not always possible. That’s why Johns Hopkins Medicine developed a new treatment for children unable to receive a typical 100 percent match transplant. Johns Hopkins All Children’s has adopted the haploidentical bone marrow transplant protocol, which allows for a 50 percent match. Children who were once without options can now survive.
National and International Protocols
Our program gives our patients access to national and international protocols through our membership, including:
- National Marrow Donor Program
- Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium
- Children’s Oncology Group
- Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research
Watch and be inspired by Owen's story:
Owen was an infant when he was diagnosed with a genetic immune system disorder in which certain white blood cells don’t function properly and his family was told he would need a bone marrow transplant. Two months later, a match was found and the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Blood & Marrow Transplant Team successfully performed the procedure. Three years later, Owen and the donor meet for the first time and Owen’s parents share what the life-saving gift has meant for their family.
Patients who receive a blood or bone marrow transplant at Johns Hopkins All Children’s may be asked to participate in a clinical trial. A clinical trial is a research study that is designed to help determine the best treatment for a patient with a given disease. These trials help us further our understanding of treatments and diseases, helping us improve care for children with cancer and blood disorders.
Participating in a clinical trial is optional, but may benefit children with similar conditions. If the patient or the patient’s parent choose to participate, the doctor and the consent document will provide detailed information on the treatment and its potential risks and benefits.
Learn more about our clinical trials.
Affiliation with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
Johns Hopkins All Children’s is the only pediatric affiliate of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. This formal collaboration enables us develop new and innovative therapies for our patients, including leading-edge stem cell transplants. The team works collaboratively with colleagues at Moffitt Cancer Center, sharing their accreditation with the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapies.
Physicians and researchers at Johns Hopkins All Children’s and the Moffitt Cancer Center are working together on trials of new medications and therapies. This research takes new knowledge about the molecular biology and biochemistry of cancer cells, and their response to potential therapies, from the lab bench to the bedside as soon as possible.
Our Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit is a 28-bed unit that is integrated into the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
Our outpatient clinic is located in the Outpatient Care Center directly across the street from our hospital and includes a separate registration area for patients with weakened immune systems. Blood work can be done in the outpatient clinic, and diagnostic imaging services are available across the street in the hospital.
Our program was founded in 1985 by Robert Good, M.D., Ph.D., a pioneer in the fields of transplantation and immunology. Dr. Good performed the first successful bone marrow transplant that didn’t involve identical twins in 1967 at the University of Minnesota.
Since that first procedure, more than 100,000 blood and bone marrow transplants have been performed worldwide, and promising new methods of stem cell transplantation are being developed.
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