Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapies Center

At Siteman’s new Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapies Center, Washington University Physicians and scientists fight cancer using the body’s own cells. They harness blood-forming stem cells and cells from the immune system to bring patients lasting remissions and cures.

Patients who are treated through the Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapies Center benefit from a dynamic, “bench to bedside” environment in which laboratory research conducted by their own physicians is often incorporated into their care. Many patients are enrolled in clinical trials that provide access to leading-edge therapies.

The Washington University Physicians affiliated with the Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapies Center treat patients as a team. They are excellent at coordinating both in-patient and out-patient care, and they work with nurses who specialize in caring for patients undergoing cellular therapies.

The Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapies Center is anchored by Siteman’s nationally-renowned stem cell transplant program.

Stem cell, or bone marrow, transplants are the oldest form of cellular therapy, and Washington University Physicians have been performing them at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for nearly 40 years. Since 1982, they have performed more than 7,500 stem cell transplants. Today, the transplant program treats approximately 400 patients a year, and the new Stem Cell and Cellular Therapies Center is built upon its exceptional protocols and lively research culture. What’s more, the same physicians who staff the transplant program also staff the Center, which means that patients can move flexibly between transplants and other forms of cellular therapy.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapies are treatments that help the immune system fight cancer. Stem cell transplants and CAR T-cell therapy are forms of immunotherapy that replace or genetically modify the immune system. However, there are also other techniques, such as medications and vaccines, that allow a patient’s immune system to better detect and eliminate cancerous cells.

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What treatments are available through the Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapies Center?

Patients who come to the Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapies Center will be treated with one of more of the following therapies:

Stem cell transplant

Stem cell, or bone marrow, transplants are the oldest form of cellular therapy, and Washington University Physicians have been performing them at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for nearly 40 years.

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CAR T-cell therapy

CAR T-cell therapy is a new, groundbreaking treatment that turns T-cells into effective weapons against cancer.

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NK cell therapy

Only available in clinical trials at this time, natural killer cell therapy is a promising development in the ongoing effort to cure cancer.

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What cancers are treated through the Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapies Center?

At this time, stem cell transplants, CAR T-cell therapy, and NK cell therapy are most often used to treat patients with blood cancers. These are:

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Cellular Therapies

Leukemia

Siteman Cancer Center sees on average 265 new leukemia patients a year, many with AML, and are internationally recognized for their expertise.

Leukemia treatment
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Cellular Therapies

Lymphoma

Washington University Physicians at the Siteman Cancer Center treat an average of 325 new lymphoma patients a year, and are internationally recognized for their expertise.

Lymphoma treatment
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Cellular Therapies

Multiple Myeloma

Clinicians at Siteman Cancer Center see more than 300 new multiple myeloma cases a year and more other plasma cell neoplasms than most other centers in the area and are internationally recognized for their expertise.

Multiple myeloma treatment
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Cellular Therapies

Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)

At Siteman, world-class physicians and nurses provide the best care possible for MDS. From our active clinical trials to our renowned Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, we will draw upon all of the treatments and resources currently available to help you.

MDS treatment

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