Blood and bone marrow transplants in Nashville
TriStar Health's family of hospitals offers adult and children access to blood and bone marrow transplant (BMT) procedures in the Greater Nashville area. As a Sarah Cannon partner, we are included in a larger organization of blood cancer resources. Patients with diseased or 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 bone 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 stem cell 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 bone 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, acquaintances and people unknown to the patient.
Preparing for BMT
When considering or preparing for a blood 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 or marrow transplant.
Stem cell transplant physicians
Our physicians have decades of experience with blood and bone 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
Many of our transplant team members continually research cell transplantation to improve the availability and safety of stem cell 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 bone marrow or stem cell 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.