Hollings Cancer Center

A National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center

Blood & Marrow Transplants

For more than 30 years, MUSC Health has been South Carolina's leader in bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. We are the only combined adult and pediatric FACT (Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy) accredited blood and marrow transplant program, and MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in the state.

MUSC Health's experience and innovation with adult and pediatric blood and marrow transplantation have resulted in outcomes that are among the best in the country. Our internationally recognized team of specialists and researchers have reduced associated complications making transplantation possible for people not previously eligible. As a pioneer in blood and marrow transplant research, MUSC is the definitive source of hope for many adult and pediatric patients battling Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, acute and chronic leukemia, multiple myeloma, and other diseases. We perform transplants for a variety of non-malignant conditions, including bone marrow failure syndromes, sickle cell disease and immunodeficiencies.

According to a national report including the years 2014, 2015, and 2016, MUSC achieved an overall survival rate of 76.1% for patients receiving first allogeneic transplants, above the national average of 70.6%.

Why MUSC Health?

We have the expertise and the caring team to get you through treatment. Our BMT Program received national recognition as Press Ganey’s team of the year in 2018 for our outstanding care coordination and teamwork in pursuit of delivering safe, high-quality, compassionate care.

Other distinctions include:

  • A designated blood and bone marrow transplant center for South Carolina's Medicaid program.
  • South Carolina's only approved umbilical cord blood transplant program.
  • South Carolina's only pediatric blood and marrow transplant program.
  • A National Marrow Donor Program collection and transplant center since 1993.
  • Certified by the American Society of Blood & Marrow Transplantation.
  • Accredited by FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy) since 2003. 

Milestones

  • Offered the first CAR-T therapy in SC (3/12/2019)
  • Launched the BMT Outpatient Program (4/18/2018)
  • Celebrated our BMT 2,000th transplant milestone (11/8/2018)
  • Recognized MUSC BMT Program's 30th Anniversary (2/23/2017)
  • Performed:
    • First haploidentical transplant in South Carolina (2009)
    • First reduced intensity transplant in South Carolina (2000)
    • First cord blood transplant in South Carolina (1997)
    • The world’s first outpatient matched unrelated transplant (1996)
    • The first matched unrelated transplant in South Carolina (1993)
    • The first adult and the first pediatric bone marrow transplants in South Carolina (1987)

About Blood & Marrow Transplantation

At MUSC Health, patients do not have to wait for a blood or marrow transplant. We specialize in quick access and immediate treatment. Our Blood and Marrow Transplant team creates an individualized treatment plan that is unique to each patient's needs and provides curative therapy for a broad range of illnesses. We also offer opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials, including several for the prevention and treatment of graft versus host disease.

Our Team

One of the strengths of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program is the specially trained, multidisciplinary team. These individuals collaborate to ensure each patient receives the care and information necessary for a successful outcome. Each week, the team reviews individual cases, makes treatment recommendations and appointments that accommodate patients’ schedules and preferences. During these meetings, the team also identifies patients who might benefit from joining a clinical trial. The transplant coordinator is the main point of contact between the patient and the team, and will be available to help with each patient’s needs.