The UC Health George L. Strike Bone Marrow Transplant Center located in the Hoxworth Building on UCís campus completed its first allogeneic stem cell transplant on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
"Our team is very excited to have reached this milestone,Ē says Elias Anaissie, MD, director of the Hematologic Malignancy and Bone Marrow Transplant Program and John & Gladys Strauss Endowed Chair in Cancer Research at UC. "It represents another step on our way to becoming patientsí preferred choice for all types of hematologic malignancy care.Ē
Allogeneic stem cell transplantation involves the receipt of bone marrow or blood stem cells from a tissue-matched (HLA-matched) donor who is often a relative of the patient. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation is an inpatient procedure requiring a post-transplant hospital stay while blood cell counts recover.
In the past month, the center also achieved its first outpatient autologous bone marrow transplant and was awarded accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). FACT accredits hospitals and medical institutions that meet the most rigorous standards when offering therapies that use adult stem cells for patients with blood cancers and diseases.