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Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplants (BMT)
Some children diagnosed with cancer undergo a "bone marrow" or a "stem cell" transplant, often referred to in the shorthand "BMT". The goal of a BMT is to replace nonfunctioning or defective bone marrow with healthy stem cells. Healthy stem cells can be obtained from bone marrow, peripheral blood, or umbilical cord blood, which in turn can be either from the child who is undergoing the transplant or a related or unrelated "donor".
A good printed reference is the book Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, even though it is over ten years old and expensive. Edited by Ronald M. Kline. 640 pp., illustrated. New York, Informa Healthcare, 2006. $229.95. ISBN 978-0-8247-2445-0. Reviewed in the June 14, 2007 issue of the NEJM.
Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network (BMT InfoNet)
Transplant Basics (everything you need to know about transplants), Transplant Centers (how to find one), Get Help, Publications and Products (including a handbook and a guide).
National Cancer Institute
Childhood Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation PDQ gives complete, updated information on childhood BMTs. Health Professional version.
National Marrow Donor Program
"Be The Match" is the website for the National Marrow Donor Program. It has sections for patients, donors, and supporters. The patient area has a section for childhood BMTs. Excellent and complete resource.
The Bone Marrow Foundation
Financial assistance, free expert services, and resources for patients, families, and survivors of BMTs.
National Bone Marrow Transplant Link (NBMTLink)
A wealth of educational materials, from printed books to webcasts to podcasts. Peer support by telephone, and telephone education support groups.
Provides free sibling cord blood storage for five years for expecting parents who have a child that needs a transplant.