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Conditions We Treat

Blood & Marrow Transplant Program

The Ottosen Family Blood and Marrow Treatment Program within Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders treats numerous conditions and diseases — many more conditions than are listed here. We understand that researching your child’s condition and possible treatment can be daunting. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We’re ready to help.

Malignant Diseases

  • Acute and chronic leukemias. Leukemia is cancer of the blood and is the most common childhood cancer.
  • Lymphoma. This cancer starts in a type of white blood cell called a lymphocyte. These cells are part of the immune system. Lymphoma cells can build up in lymph nodes and other lymph tissues. Lymphomas are grouped into two categories: Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
  • Neuroblastoma. This cancer grows in nerve tissue of babies and young children.
  • Brain tumors.
  • Other various solid tumors

Nonmalignant Diseases

  • Disorders of the red blood cells.Diseases of the red blood cells include many types of anemia, in which there are too few red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. People with anemia may have red blood cells that have an unusual shape or size. Examples include:
  • Metabolic disorders. A metabolic disorder happens when abnormal chemical reactions in the body disrupt metabolism — the process the body uses to get or make energy from food. Examples include:
    • Metachromatic leukodystrophy
    • Adrenoleukodystrophy
    • Osteopetrosis
    • Hurler syndrome
  • Bone marrow failure syndromes. In this rare group of disorders, the bone marrow cannot make enough blood — either red blood cells, which carry oxygen; white blood cells, which fight infection; or platelets, which help the blood clot. Examples include:
  • Primary immune deficiencies. These rare genetic disorders impair the immune system, leaving the body subject to serious infections. Examples of primary immune deficiencies include:
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