Bone Marrow Transplants for children in Arizona and the Southwest
Phoenix Children's Hospital and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale run the Valley's only accredited pediatric blood and marrow transplant (BMT) program. In 2013, the program was ranked second in the country by the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) in one-year survival for patients undergoing their first allogeneic stem cell transplant.
The Ottosen Family Blood and Marrow Transplant Program uses stem cell transplants to help patients renew the building blocks that create healthy cells.
We encourage you to learn more about transplants and to continue being an active participant in your child's treatment and recovery. Popular topics include:
- Guidelines for Admitted Patients and Visitors
- Stem Cell Sources
- Stem Cell Transplant Process
If you can't find the information you need, please let us know. You are always welcome to contact us with any questions or concerns
What is Bone Marrow?
Bone Marrow is the spongy tissue inside of the bones that looks like blood. It contains many types of cells, including the stem cells that are used in the stem cell transplant process.
The functions of stem cells are to make and replace different blood cells found in the body. All cells begin as stem cells that develop into different cells that have various purposes, such as:
- Red blood cells that carry oxygen
- Platelets that that prevent bleeding
- White blood cells that that fight infection
These cells can be found in both the bone marrow and circulating blood.