Bone Marrow Transplant

World-Class Bone Marrow Transplant Care with More Treatments Close to Home

When you need a bone marrow transplant, it’s usually following chemotherapy or a cancer relapse. Having as much of your treatment done while in your home environment can make a big difference. It’s easier on you and your caregivers.

Our partnership with country's premier cancer center, Memorial Sloan Kettering, offers you internationally renown clinical expertise and access to world-class bone marrow transplant treatment. In fact, the latest independent survey of Predicted and Actual Survival Rates for Transplant Center Statistics placed Memorial Sloan Kettering slightly ahead of other centers in our region.

We provide as much supportive care as possible at the Cancer Institute both before and after the procedure, which is done at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City. They are at the forefront of developing the leading cancer treatment protocols we follow at the Cancer Institute.

 
 
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Types of Bone Marrow Transplants

There are two kinds of bone marrow transplants.

If you are being treated for Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Leukemia, or other Lymphomas you will likely have an Autologous Transplant using your own cells.

If you have Leukemia whose malignancy is in the bone marrow, you'll likely have an Allogeneic Transplant. Allogeneic Transplants use someone else’s cells, either from a relative or from unrelated donors. These are more complicated than Autologous Transplants, with slower recovery times and more medication requirements.


Shorter Stays at the Transplant Location

Pre-Transplant DNA Testing Done Close to Home

Before a bone marrow transplant, there are a lot of tests to do to find the best donor match, like DNA testing for HLA Typing. We do all of the tests right here, so it’s convenient for you and your local family members.

When potential donors live far away, we coordinate their testing, too. We send them a simple mouth swab kit by mail, and they collect DNA from their cheek wall. Donors just mail the kit off to the Red Cross, where it’s tested for compatibility.

Closely Coordinated Care by our Nurse Coordinator

You will work closely with our Bone Marrow Nurse Coordinator, whose only job is to coordinate your care. They help you to understand and schedule all of the preparation tests and treatments you need. The Nurse Coordinator is also your liaison between the Cancer Institute and your Memorial Sloan Kettering treatment team. All communications go through this one coordinator.

You stay in close touch, even while you are being treated in New York. Everyone works as a team on your behalf. We even involve social workers of both centers prior to and during transplant. This means the team is well prepared for any social and/or medical issues that may arise, for you or your caregivers.

Medical Testing Before the Bone Marrow Transplant

Before you can be medically cleared for your bone marrow transplant, there are also a lot of medical tests required. We do them all right here at the Cancer Institute.

You'll need tests including CT scans, echocardiograms, pulmonary function tests, ultrasounds, PET scans, and bloodwork. Your personal dentist can address dental issues, or you can use Memorial Sloan Kettering’s dental clinic. You'll appreciate being able to stay at home while all of this care is locally coordinated.

We can extend your time at home by as much as three days by doing as much of your pre-transplant conditioning regimen as possible here at the Cancer Institute.

Before your procedure:


What to Expect After a Bone Marrow Transplant

When you return from the transplant center, our Nurse Coordinator will continue to oversee all of your appointments and treatments. They keep you and all your healthcare providers constantly updated.

You must have a caregiver with you at all times after your bone marrow transplant. Because you can return to Connecticut faster, there’s less strain on your family and other caregivers.


You Return to Connecticut Faster

Many programs keep patients at the transplant location for up to four months. Our alliance with Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York means you could come back home to Connecticut as early as two months after the procedure, as long as you are in good enough condition after your bone marrow transplant.


Patient Resources

www.BeTheMatch.org

Meet our Bone Marrow Transplant Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Dekker, Paul Tunis, MD, FACP 860.258.2375
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wethersfield
  • Hartford
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Firshein, Stephen Ira, MD 860.258.2375
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Wethersfield
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Giove, Lawrence M., MD 860.246.6647
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wethersfield
Hong, Timothy Joonki, MD 860.249.6291
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Willimantic
  • Willimantic
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Lele, Uday Chintamani, MD 203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden

Our Bone Marrow Transplant Locations:

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute