Bone Marrow Transplant Program

Over 900 transplants have been performed at Strong Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric and Adult Stem Cell Transplantation Center over the past 10 years. Since 1989 our program has provided services to the residents of the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York and its surrounding communities while gaining an international reputation for providing superb clinical care. Scientific and clinical research are also integral aspects of this comprehensive program, and offer patients access to the latest advances in technology and drug development.

Stem Cell Transplantation is a division of the Cancer Center / University of Rochester Medical Center and provides all patients with a highly specialized and integrated team of caregivers.  Incorporated in this team are the Stem Cell Transplant Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Coordinators and clinical nurses, along with a Social Worker, Nutritional Specialist and Child-Life Therapist, all solely dedicated to the Transplantation Program. Both adults and children are treated by a team that has been specially trained in the management of cancer, blood disorders and transplantation.

The recently renovated Stem Cell Transplantation Unit is on the 8th floor of Strong Memorial Hospital (8-1200) and has 12 specially equipped isolation rooms and a staff of approximately 40 nurses. In September of 1998, an Inpatient\Outpatient (IPOP) area was also opened on 8-1200. The opening of this new area provides patients with greater continuity of care, by allowing them to be treated on the same unit, by the same team, both inpatient and out. Patients are now receiving their chemotherapy, radiation and transplants along with other procedures in the IPOP. This successful new program has made it possible for many patients to receive the majority of their treatment as an outpatient.

Our full service program performs autologous and allogeneic transplants using peripheral stem cells, bone marrow and cord blood.  We are a designated National Marrow Donor Program Transplant Center, therefore having the ability to also utilize unrelated stem cells and marrow for transplant when necessary. In addition, many patients are eligible for enrollment on various research protocols. More information regarding active clinical protocols is available through the Clinical Trials Office. 

The list below offers a general guide of diseases transplanted at our center. Information regarding specific research protocols and the candidacy of a patient for transplantation or the type of transplant necessary can only be given after a consultation with a qualified member of the transplant team.

Malignant Diseases

  • Acute and chronic leukemias
  • Lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease
  • Breast Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Ovarian Cancer

Non-Malignant Diseases

  • Myeloproliferative disorders
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Immunodeficiency disorders
  • Metabolic disorders

For further information on Stem Cell Transplantation or to refer a patient for a consultation, please call our Transplant Clinical Office at 585-275-1941.

Jane L. Liesveld, M.D., Stem Cell Transplant Program Medical Director has over ten years of transplant experience. She will lead us into the next millennium, along with colleague, JJ Ifthikharuddin, M.D. The visionary leadership of this team provides the groundwork for an outstanding Stem Cell Transplant Program.

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