Memorial HealthWatch Winter 2008
First Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in Broward
Patients No Longer Have to Travel Away From Home,
Family and Friends For the Procedure
Memorial Healthcare System's comprehensive Cancer Institute has two locations – Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood and Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines. Memorial Hospital West has just become the first facility in Broward County to open a bone marrow transplant unit where patients with certain kinds of blood cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma, will be able to receive treatment.
"Until now residents of Broward County had to travel out of town or even out of state to receive the transplant which places even more stress on them during an already difficult time," says Atif Hussein, MD, FACP, Medical Director of Memorial Cancer Institute.
Two Types of Transplants
There are two kinds of bone marrow transplants, allogeneic and autologous. An allogeneic transplant uses bone marrow or stem cells from a donor whose tissue closely matches that of the person receiving the transplant. An autologous transplant, the less risky of the two procedures, uses the patient's own cells, collected from either bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells, to treat their cancer. Memorial's new unit will start out performing autologous transplants and in the next few years expand the unit's services to include the allogeneic transplants.
"One of the things that is unique about the program is that our bone marrow transplants are outpatient procedures. Now that the supportive care, antibiotics and anti-nausea medications have gotten so refined, we can actually keep most patients at home through their transplants," says Dr. Grosman.
"This is actually a standard of care for certain cancers of the blood and lymph nodes," says Dr. Feinstein. "This has been my passion and my professional life for years."