Hospital-wide collaboration means that newborns identified with immune deficiencies in the Newborn Screening Center are quickly referred to and treated by immunologists and stem cell transplant specialists.
During a pediatric stem cell transplant, a patient's diseased or damaged bone marrow is replaced with healthy blood stem cells. Patients first receive chemotherapy and/or radiation to eliminate diseased cells and make space in the bone marrow. The stem cells are then infused and make their way to the space in the bone marrow, and start producing healthy blood cells.
All children referred for a stem cell transplant at Lurie Children's have a multidisciplinary team to support them before and after transplant. Patients and their families benefit from this tight team approach, which combines highly-specialized training and clinical expertise of all stem cell transplant specialists. The goal of this team approach is to provide consistent, expert care from the point of referral to the completion of the transplant.
The Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Program has developed specialized programs to treat certain conditions in the most comprehensive way possible. Browse our list of programs to learn more about the expert-led initiatives that can help treat your child.
A social worker and a psychosocial expert work as a team with child life specialists to support the emotional, social, educational and developmental needs of the patient and family
A financial coordinator helps patient families navigate financial and insurance issues.
A specialized pharmacist is dedicated to managing medications for transplant patients.
The status of patients preparing for a stem cell transplant is reviewed in dedicated meetings. Team members discuss diagnosis, transplant and donor options and treatment regimens. They also review any insurance, financial, family or cultural concerns.
Our multidisciplinary team of physician-scientists conducts various research projects to help promote patient care and better educate families. We hope our research efforts will improve treatment for children who require stem cell transplant.
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