The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, is nationally renowned for its innovative approaches to treating diseases such as leukemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, severe aplastic anemia, testicular cancer, sarcoma and renal cell carcinoma.
Bone Marrow Functions
Bone marrow, the soft spongy material inside our bones, systematically churns out stem cells, the cells that will eventually become red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. When this highly efficient cell factory is working properly, our bodies stop bleeding when injured and have the power to fight off infection and diseases. But bone marrow has its adversaries, with many cancers posing a serious threat to bone marrow and the functions it performs. In addition, high-dose chemotherapy and radiation — effective in killing cancer cells — can also wipe out or cripple cells that the body needs to function properly.
What Is a Bone Marrow Transplant/Stem Cell Transplant?
A bone marrow transplant is a powerful treatment that offers options for patients with many different diseases. Bone marrow transplants refer to the process of taking sick or diseased bone marrow — caused by disease or high-dose chemotherapy — and replacing it with healthy bone marrow, so that the bone marrow recipient has the infection-fighting cells the body needs to stay healthy. Bone marrow transplants are given to help patients withstand high doses of chemotherapy. They are also given to help boost a patient’s immune system in its fight against cancer. Usually this procedure involves a donor (a procedure called allogeneic). But some patients can actually make their own cell donation to fight disease (autologous).
Historically, we extracted cells directly from the bone. With recent advances in technology, we are able to harvest stem cells from the blood, making the procedure easier and safer.
Our program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy. Rush's transplant program is fully accredited for allogeneic and autologous marrow and peripheral blood progenitor cell transplantation, including cell collection and laboratory processing. FACT accreditation is a voluntary process whereby transplant programs adhere to compliance with standards for the provision of quality medical and laboratory practice in hematopoietic cell transplantation.
At Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, a highly skilled team of health care professionals works together to bring the healing power of stem cells to patients from all over the world.
For an appointment with a doctor or to receive more information about our program, please contact Christina Havey, nurse coordinator, at (312) 942-5158.