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The Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center's Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program is world-renowned for its expertise in hematopoietic cell transplantation to treat a wide variety of hematological conditions. Currently, we conduct over 200 transplant procedures annually. In addition to comprehensive and compassionate multi-disciplinary care for our patients, we also conduct leading-edge clinical and translational research to develop innovative strategies for improving the outcomes of patients undergoing BMT.
Our program is advancing clinical care and research in several areas and these include:
Our BMT team's multidisciplinary approach to evaluation, management, and treatment provides each patient with individually tailored care.
Director, BMT ProgramCara J. Rogers Endowed ScholarAssociate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Bone marrow — the soft, spongy tissue inside the large bones in the body — can be affected by a variety of blood disorders, blood cancers and other diseases. Hematopoietic (blood) stem cells live in the bone marrow and give rise to all of the other components of the blood.
Bone marrow or stem cell transplants are performed for several reasons:
1. To rescue and restore blood components after the patient has received high doses of chemotherapy or radiation as treatment 2. To replace the patient’s blood system because their own is failing 3. To replace the patient’s blood system in order to grow a new immune system which can attack the patient’s cancer
The terms bone marrow transplant and stem cell transplant are used somewhat interchangeably. For various reasons, one may receive bone marrow or blood stem cells.
There are two basic types of bone marrow transplant procedures:
Following a bone marrow transplant, the donated stem cells start making new blood cells and other components from within the bone marrow.
Learn more about Bone Marrow Transplant
Clinical trials are research studies of new drugs, new combinations of drugs or already approved drugs being studied to treat patients in new/different ways. They may include new drug doses or new ways (schedules) to give the drugs. Clinical trials are run under strict guidelines. Their purpose is to help find out whether new cancer treatments are safe and effective or better than the standard (current) treatment. At Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, there are several clinical trials open for the treatment of cancer that use the latest in cancer treatments.
Cancer is increasingly becoming a disease in which the genetic make-up of each individual cancer drives therapy. The Bone Marrow Treatment Program has access to clinical trials involving these targeted therapy approaches.Contact Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Director, BMT Program, with questions about Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials: email@example.com
If you have any questions or would like to speak with one of our physicians, please call the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at (617) 724-1124.
View BMT team members honored for their commitment to the fight against cancer.
Yi-Bin Chen, MD
Jessica Driscoll, NP
Ellen Fitzgerald, RN
Steven McAfee, MD
Thomas Spitzer, MD
To honor his years of dedication and service, the Mass General Cancer Center announced in 2016 the Thomas R. Spitzer Clinician of the Year Award which will be given each year to a clinician in the division of Hematology/Oncology who exemplifies and embodies the clinical and academic values that Tom Spitzer has demonstrated for years at Mass General. The inaugural recipient in 2016 was Dr. Steven McAfee of the BMT Program.
The Mass General Cancer Center awards the annual Jane Grier Memorial Prize each year to a faculty member who is recognized for their commitment to hematology / oncology education of fellows and young faculty. Yi-Bin Chen, MD was selected in 2015, having been nominated by fellows and young faculty for his mentorship to their careers.
In 2013 the Rogers Family Foundation established the Cara J. Rogers Endowed Scholar to Advance Research in Bone Marrow Transplantation. Learn how Yi-Bin Chen, MD is working to improve outcomes for patients who undergo transplants. Read More
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