Blood and bone marrow transplants in Nashville, Tennessee
As part of the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network, TriStar Centennial Medical Center offers a program for adult and pediatric blood and marrow transplants (BMTs). As one of the top facilities in the region for performing BMTs, we also give you access to clinical trials and research in partnership with the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute.
For more information about our blood and marrow transplant services, call (615) 342-7440. For more information about pediatric appointments, call (615) 342-7339.
Our expert team of physicians performs more than 100 blood and marrow transplants, also known as stem cell transplants, every year. A bone marrow transplant is a treatment for many blood cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
Types of BMTs
Depending on your type of cancer, your physician may use your own blood cells (autologous transplant) or use stem cells collected from a donor (allogeneic transplant).
We determine donors carefully to ensure it is a good match and will lessen the chance for complications. Some donors are family members of the patient, but non-relatives are also considered.
How a BMT works
During a stem cell transplant, the cells make their way into your bone marrow and replicate to become different types of healthy blood cells. Over the course of a few weeks, our team monitors your progress to ensure your transplanted stem cells multiply and produce blood cells to rebuild a healthy immune system.
What to expect at our blood cancer center
Once you are referred to the Sarah Cannon Center for Blood Cancer at TriStar Centennial, our team begins the evaluation process to determine if a BMT is right for you. You will go through diagnostic testing that includes an X-ray, scans, blood tests, electrocardiogram (EKG), pulmonary function test and biopsies.
Our transplant coordinators guide our patients and their families through each step of the transplant process. Financial coordinators and social workers will discuss insurance coverage and out-of-pocket expenses as well as community resources available to you.
Preoperative education and resources
To ensure you understand the entire process, you will go through pre-transplant education. It is important to have a caregiver or support partner who can be with you 24 hours a day during certain parts of the transplant process. Our team will make sure your support person feels comfortable with any and all responsibilities.
You may also need to find housing if you do not live close to the hospital. Our social workers will help guide you through the process of finding appropriate accommodations at discounted rates.
Postoperative care and support
After your transplant is completed, you will have frequent clinic appointments to follow your progress and watch for signs of rejection. Allogeneic transplant recipients could potentially develop graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in which the body rejects the new blood cells. Your physician may suggest wearing a mask or limiting certain contact omit to prevent infection because your body will have a weakened immune system from treatment.
Long-Term Follow-Up Program
Our program provides lifelong monitoring and care for patients after an allogeneic bone marrow or stem cell transplant. Because many transplant-related issues may develop in the years following your transplant, it is important you continue to have annual checkups in our clinic. Our team guides you through recovery and helps navigate any potential concerns.
The team consists of a nurse practitioner and nurse coordinator dedicated to long-term follow-up care. A psychologist, social worker and nutritionist are also available to support your needs through survivorship. Our team and your transplant surgeon will work with your referring oncologist to monitor for complications.
Where to find our transplant team
The Sarah Cannon Center for Blood Cancer at TriStar Centennial is located on the TriStar Centennial campus. Our address is:
2410 Patterson St.
Nashville, TN 37203
You can self-park or use our valet parking services. When you enter the building, take the elevators on your right to the fifth floor. Our staff will be there to greet you.