Blood and marrow transplants in Nashville

TriStar Health's family of hospitals offer adult and children access to blood and marrow transplant (BMT) procedures in the Greater Nashville area. Blood and marrow transplant may also be referred to as bone marrow transplant, stem cell transplant or hematopoietic cell transplant. As a Sarah Cannon partner, our transplant and cellular therapy program has access to clinical trials, innovative therapies such as immune effector cell therapy (IECT) and a vast network of complex blood cancer experts. Patients with disease and damaged bone marrow can trust in receiving compassionate, high-quality care from our experienced transplant team.

For a free physician referral or more information, call TriStar MedLine® at (800) 242-5662.

Types of blood and marrow transplants

Our physicians perform both autologous and allogeneic blood and marrow transplants, including related and unrelated transplants. These transplants can be beneficial to patients who are receiving oncological treatments for blood cancer. They can also help patients with noncancerous diseases, such as severe anemia and immune deficiency disorders.

Autologous transplants

Autologous blood and marrow transplants use blood stem cells from a patient's own body to replace damaged or diseased bone marrow. With this type of transplant procedure, a patient does not have to worry about their replacement cells being incompatible with their existing cells. However, an autologous transplant is only available to patients who are producing enough healthy bone marrow cells to replace their unhealthy cells.

Allogeneic transplants

Allogeneic blood and marrow transplants use blood stem cells from a donor to replace the damaged or diseased bone marrow of a patient. With this procedure, a patient undergoes chemotherapy or radiation therapy to destroy diseased cells and prepare the body for the healthy donor cells. Donors can be anyone, such as relatives and people unknown to the patient.

Preparing for BMT

When considering or preparing for a blood and marrow transplant or BMT, a patient may have many questions. Our transplant teams are available to support patients throughout this process. Additionally, Be The Match®, a Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network partner, can help patients understand what to expect before, during and after a blood and marrow transplant.

Blood and marrow transplant physicians

Our physicians have decades of experience with blood and marrow transplants. Our experienced BMT team includes:

  • Art therapists
  • Case managers
  • Child life specialists
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Fertility specialists
  • Oncology clinical pharmacists
  • Oncology dietitians
  • Oncology physicians
  • Oncology social workers
  • Oncology surgeons
  • Advanced Practice Providers
  • Nurses
  • BMT Coordinators

Many of our transplant team members continually research cell transplantation to improve the availability and safety of blood and marrow transplantation. To do this, we participate in groups, such as the Pediatric Blood and Transplant Consortium and Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium.

Long-term transplant follow-up care

We strive to navigate patients through recovery and ease any concerns they may have. One of the ways in which we do this is with our long-term follow-up program. This program supports patients who have had allogeneic blood and marrow transplants by offering life-long monitoring and care.

Because many transplant-related issues come up in the years following a patient's transplant, annual checkups at our clinic are essential. Our transplant physicians and long-term follow-up team work with referring oncologists to monitor for complications, such as graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).

The long-term follow-up team includes a dedicated nurse practitioner and nurse coordinator. A psychologist, social worker and nutritionist are also available to support the needs of our patients through survivorship.