Memorial Healthwatch Winter 2008/2009
Unique Bone Marrow Transplant Program
South Florida's Only Outpatient Bone Marrow Transplant Program Provides Lifesaving Treatment Without Hospitalization
For certain adults with leukemia, lymphoma or multiple myeloma, bone marrow transplantation (BMT) provides a greater chance of cure or prolonged remission than any other therapy. Memorial Cancer Institute is the only location in Broward and Palm Beach counties offering this lifesaving treatment, and the only program south of Tampa that does not require patients be hospitalized.
"We think it's important to offer this standard of care for patients with blood cancers. Broward residents don't have to uproot their lives and support systems to travel far from home when they can receive the treatment as an outpatient in their own backyard," says Lyle Feinstein, MD, Bone Marrow Transplant Program Director, who works closely with Daren Grosman, MD, PhD, Leukemia and Lymphoma Program Director.
Dr. Feinstein and Dr. Grosman have exceptional training and years of experience in BMT. Colleagues describe them as very caring physicians who are in tune with each patient.
Massive doses of chemotherapy are needed to eliminate blood cancers, but they wipe out the bone marrow cells that make blood cells and platelets. BMT makes high-dose chemotherapy possible. In autologous BMT, blood progenitor (stem) cells are retrieved from the blood in a dialysis-type procedure and stored. After the patient receives high-dose chemotherapy, the cells are reinfused, gravitate to the bone marrow and start producing normal blood cells.
BMT is used for high-risk leukemia patients who partly respond to chemotherapy; relapsed lymphoma patients; and multiple myeloma patients in chemo-induced remission.
Patients come to the BMT Unit at Memorial Hospital West daily until 30 days after the transplant. This enables the BMT team to monitor their progress and treat such side effects as fatigue and loss of appetite.
Now one year old, the program is going very well, and patients are pleased that they don't have to be hospitalized and can return home to their families each day after treatment.
To find a Memorial physician who is committed to patient- and family-centered care, call Memorial Physician Referral Service toll-free at (800) 944-DOCS. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.