Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant

The Region’s First Bone Marrow Transplant Program

Blood and bone marrow transplants are a common treatment for patients with blood cancer. Patients may need a transplant if they have certain blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma or other diseases.

We’re proud to bring this treatment option to our patients in the Upper Midwest. Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center is the first and only location in the region to offer a bone marrow transplant program.

Partner with our team of specialists in Fargo, North Dakota, to get compassionate care, close to home.

To speak to a referral specialist, call (701) 234-2439 or fax (701) 234-2343.


Types of Bone Marrow Transplants

Bone marrow transplants help patients whose stem cells have been damaged by disease or high doses of chemotherapy. The treatment replaces damaged or unhealthy cells with healthy ones.

There are three types of bone marrow transplants:

  • Autologous transplants. Healthy cells are taken from the patient’s own bone marrow for transplant after chemotherapy.
  • Allogeneic transplants. Healthy cells are taken from a donor’s bone marrow for a transplant.

We will also offer a type of cellular therapy called CAR T-cell therapy, which infuses genetically modified T-cells.

Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center will offer autologous transplants starting September 2021. Allogeneic transplants and CAR T-cell therapy will be offered in mid to late 2022.

Your provider will work with you to decide which treatment option you need. Together, you’ll discuss your options, the goals of your treatment and the risks of each choice to select the right treatment for you.


Your Transplant Team

At Sanford Health, you’ll have a whole team working to make your treatment a success. We’ll provide education, support and compassion whenever you need us.

Your care team includes:

  • Apheresis physicians
  • Hematology nurse navigators
  • Cellular therapy lab technicians
  • Psycho-oncology experts
  • Financial advocates
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians

The Autologous Transplant Process

Autologous transplants can replace diseased or damaged bone marrow cells with new stem cells. This treatment is often helpful for patients receiving high doses of chemotherapy. Before undergoing chemotherapy, these patients’ healthy stem cells are harvested to be transplanted back to them later.

An autologous transplant involves these steps:

  • Stem cell mobilization. Injecting medications that will cause stem cells to move from the bone marrow to the blood for easier collection.
  • Stem cell collection. Stem cells are harvested from the blood through a process called apheresis and frozen for later use.
  • Conditioning. Patients undergo chemotherapy to destroy the remaining cells and make room in the bone marrow for the transplanted cells to grow.
  • Reinfusion. Autologous transplants aren’t surgery. Instead, patients receive transplanted cells through a central line or intravenous catheter.
  • Survivorship. The care team provides follow-up care to monitor for long-term side effects and treatment success.

Find a Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist

Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center is one of the top cancer centers in the country. You’ll receive support at every step of your treatment journey.


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