Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Spectrum Health has the only adult blood and marrow transplant (BMT) program in West Michigan. We provide marrow, peripheral stem cell and umbilical cord blood transplants for cancerous and noncancerous conditions. Stephanie Williams, MD leads a highly specialized multidisciplinary team that brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge in various areas to provide care before, during and after transplant. Our nationally renowned adult BMT specialists have more than 50 years of combined experience.
Other team members include:
- Advanced practice providers
- Transplant coordinators
- Cancer rehabilitation and occupational therapists
- Social workers
- Transplant financial coordinators
- Oncology-certified registered dietitians
- BMT-certified registered nurses
Our adult BMT program is just one of four in the state, and is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), which demonstrates our commitment to quality and excellence in patient care and laboratory practices. We are proud to offer you a full continuum of transplant care, which allows you and your family to stay closer to home throughout treatment.
Children and teenagers receive blood and marrow transplant through our Pediatric Blood and Marrow Program at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
Conditions treated with blood and marrow transplantation include, but are not limited to:
- Leukemias, including high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myelogenous leukemia and chronic leukemia
- Lymphomas, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Plasma cell dyscrasias, including multiple myeloma and amyloidosis
- Anemias, including severe aplastic anemia, sideroblastic anemia, Fanconi’s anemia, and hereditary anemias such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia
- Histiocytosis (pediatric only)
- Immune deficiencies, including severe combined immune deficiency and combined immune deficiency (pediatric only)
- Metabolic disorders, including Krabbe disease, fucosidosis, adrenoleukodystrophy, metachromatic leukodystrophy and Hurler’s syndrome (pediatric only)
- Solid tumors, including brain cancer (adult and pediatric), neuroblastoma and Ewing’s sarcoma (pediatric only)
The source of your transplant graft depends on the disease being treated:
- Autologous grafts come from the patient. Healthy stem cells are collected early and frozen until transplant time.
- Allogeneic grafts are taken from a donor. If no donor is found in the immediate family, our clinical coordinator begins a worldwide search for a suitable donor. We perform all types of allogeneic transplants, including unrelated umbilical cord blood and haploidentical.