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Survival rates for pediatric bone marrow transplants top in nation
Date:1/26/2012

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The UCSF pediatric BMT program has expanded in recent years by adding two physicians and two nurse practitioners, ultimately increasing the number of transplants performed. UCSF's interdisciplinary collaboration among health care professionals also adds a nuanced level of support. "Some of the credit for our success must go to the pediatric intensive care unit which helps patients survive when then get critically ill," Dvorak said.

The pediatric BMT unit also gives more individualized attention to the dosing of chemotherapy medications through increased interactions with the UCSF School of Pharmacy. "We have a great School of Pharmacy and now have a doctor of pharmacy on our team, helping us with tailoring the chemo regimens. We have great nurses and nurse practitioners through the School of Nursing as well, and all of that plays into our success."

While adult bone marrow transplants are usually performed to treat blood-related cancers, pediatric transplants are necessary for a host of other reasons. Immunodeficiency syndromes, defects in red blood cells, inborn errors of metabolism, and several types of cancer account for many of the BMT transplants performed in children at UCSF.


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Contact: Juliana Bunim
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University of California - San Francisco
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