UMMC and Children's of Mississippi offer the state's only program for transplanting stem cells gathered from circulating blood, bone marrow, and cord blood. Blood and marrow stem cell transplants are one of the treatment options for children and adults with immune deficiencies, metabolic disorders, sickle cell diseases, and certain types of cancer, including leukemia and lymphoma.
The bone marrow transplant program at UMMC began in 1992 with four transplants. As of 2015, we have performed over 1,000 blood and marrow stem cell transplants.
Our program - including the clinical program, the bone marrow harvest and apheresis collection area, and the marrow transplant processing lab - has been continuously accredited by the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) since 2002. Our on-site collection center and processing lab are registered with the FDA.
We are also affiliated with the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) network as a center for transplants, donors, collection, and apheresis.
UMMC's continuum of care includes a 12-bed transplant unit featuring special HEPA filtration, kitchen and laundry, children's activity room, wireless Internet, family visiting room, and outpatient infusion center.
Our facilities also include an on-site stem cell collection, processing, and storage center that is FDA registered and FACT accredited.
Our team includes pediatric hematologists, care coordinators, and a low nurse-to-patient ratio. We are a team of specialists who work together to care for kids and families.
Bone marrow registry
Bone marrow or blood stem cell transplants save thousands of lives each year. More lives could be saved if the right donors are available. The University of Mississippi Medical Center is home to the Mississippi Marrow Donor Program, a participating donor center for the Be the Match Registry, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP).
Visitor guidelines and infection control
Most patients admitted to the bone marrow transplant unit have immune systems that do not work at some point during their stay. They have no way to fight infection, so the unit maintains strict visitation and infection control guidelines.
Packing for your stay
As you prepare for an extended stay in the bone marrow transplant unit, you will want to bring some things to make your stay more comfortable, but some items need to be left at home.
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