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Stem Cell Transplant Program

About the Program

Transplantation of bone marrow or blood stem cells is a procedure to treat cancerous and non-cancerous diseases. The main diseases treated include:

  • Leukemias
  • Lymphomas
  • Myelomas

The bone marrow transplant (BMT) process begins with a screening that includes:

  • Detailed medical evaluation
  • Education for both patient and caregiver
  • Financial counseling
  • Psychosocial evaluation

We closely follow our patients after transplant through a specialized long-term follow-up clinic. We work in partnership with referring physicians through the process, from pre-transplant evaluation through the transplant itself as well as after the transplant as you return to your hometown doctor.

Types of Transplants

The Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center offers the full spectrum of transplant types, which include:

  • Autologous - Uses your own cells from your bloodstream or bone marrow
  • Related allogeneic - Uses cells from one of your family members
  • Unrelated allogeneic - Uses cells from an unrelated matched donor
  • Reduced-intensity transplant (sometimes called a mini-transplant) Requires less intensive treatment with chemotherapy or radiation
  • Umbilical cord blood transplant
  • Syngeneic - Uses cells from an identical twin

These transplants may be conducted in an inpatient setting or in our Outpatient Treatment Unit (OTU) depending on your needs.


Most patients can expect to be admitted as an inpatient at least once during the transplantation process.

  • There are 27 private rooms that are HEPA-filtered on the 11th floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital. The Inpatient Transplant Unit is staffed with highly-trained nurses that provide round-the-clock monitoring.
  • A 13-room Outpatient Transplant Unit (OTU), located on the second floor of the Vanderbilt Clinic, is available to serve you 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. You can call the OTU at 615-936-1803 at any time. If you have an emergency, go directly to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Emergency Room. There will be someone from the transplant program for you to see.
  • A social worker will help you locate housing arrangements for you and your caregiver.
  • Long-term follow-up clinic
  • Stem Cell Transplant Clinic
  • Outpatient Transplant Unit
  • Hematology Clinic

How the Process Works

Diseases Treated with Transplant

We offer BMT for patients with the following diseases:

  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Other diseases including severe aplastic anemia, germ cell tumors, amyloidosis and myeloproliferative disorders

RESTORE Wellness Program for Stem Cell Patients

The program supports patients undergoing stem cell transplant therapy through exercise, education and gentle movement. Learn more here.

Videos for Stem Cell Transplant Patients and Caregivers