Stem Cell Transplantation Services
Illinois Cancer Specialists offers Stem Cell Transplant as a treatment option for patients with a variety of types of cancers including:
- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
- Severe Aplastic Anemia
- Immune Deficiency Disorders
Stem Cell Transplant as a treatment option is offered at our Niles location. The programs are accredited by The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).
Our transplant physician includes Dr. Leonard M. Klein, Director, Lutheran General Hospital Stem Cell Transplant Program.
Our stem cell transplant physician is specially trained and have extensive knowledge and experience in Autologous and Allogeneic transplants. He works closely with the entire Transplant Team to create a plan of care that is individualized to each patient’s needs.
The Stem Cell Transplant Process
The stem cell transplant process consists of four phases.
I. Consultation & Evaluation Phase
During this phase, the patient and their family members will have an initial meeting with the transplant doctor to discuss bone marrow/stem cell transplant as a treatment option. The transplant process will be fully explained and discussed. Then, an evaluation is done to determine the patients’ health status for the transplant. This includes multiple outpatient tests to check the function of their heart, lungs and kidneys. A current evaluation of their disease status is also done which may include CT scans, PET scans, blood work and a bone marrow biopsy, if needed.
II. Mobilization Phase
During this phase, the patient receives medication to stimulate the stem cells for collection. This may or may not be combined with chemotherapy. This is done as an outpatient at our facility. The cells are collected through a process called apheresis, and then frozen and stored for the transplant. This collection process takes place as an outpatient. The collection may take from 1-3 visits, each one lasting about 4 hours.
III. Transplant Phase
During this phase, high dose chemotherapy is given to the patient to destroy the cancer cells. Then the stem cells are given back to the patient as an intravenous infusion. These cells are given back as a “rescue” from the side effects of the chemotherapy and to create a new immune system in the patient. The transplant is done as an inpatient and takes about 2-3 weeks.
IV. Post Transplant Phase
After discharge from the hospital, the patient is seen in our ICS office. They are closely monitored and treated for any side effects from the transplant. Tests are also done to assess the disease response to the transplant. Usually, by three months after the transplant, patients can return to the care of their primary doctor, and return to all pre-transplant activities. We will continue to work closely with your primary doctor and monitor your progress.
We also offer multiple Clinical Trials as part of the transplant process.