Stem Cell Transplant Types
You have more options at Henry Ford. Our team is among the elite few in Michigan with the expertise to perform all types of stem cell transplants.
Our doctors provide a complete evaluation to determine which type of transplant gives you the best chance for a longer, healthier life. Find out if you need a stem cell transplant.
Sources of transplanted stem cells
When looking for a source of blood-forming stem cells, our team considers three options:
- Bone marrow: Marrow is the spongy tissue inside bones that produces blood cells. While bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is an older and less frequently used approach now, it can still provide the best option at times.
- Blood: A peripheral blood stem cell transplant (PBSCT) collects stem cells that the bone marrow releases into the bloodstream. Medication can boost the production of these stem cells, ensuring there are enough to collect. We were the first program in Michigan to use this approach, which is less burdensome and usually our preferred choice.
- Umbilical cords: We use blood from two donated umbilical cords, an approach called dual cord transplant. This method provides enough stem cells for one adult transplant.
Learn more about stem cell donation.
Bone marrow stem cell transplants at Henry Ford
Our stem cell transplants include:
- Autologous: You receive a transplant of your own stem cells. The stem cells come from your blood or, less commonly, your bone marrow. Learn more about our autologous stem cell transplants.
- Allogeneic: You receive stem cells donated from a related or unrelated donor, or from umbilical cord blood. Learn more about our allogeneic stem cell transplants.
- Syngeneic: You receive stem cells donated from your identical twin or triplet. Learn more about our syngeneic stem cell transplant.