Video features Mark Walters, MD, Blood & Marrow Transplant Program, and the Jordan family's endowment to Children's Hospital Oakland
After being diagnosed with leukemia, Adriana went through a course of chemotherapy that fell short of defeating the disease and a bone marrow transplantation that resulted, finally, in a cure. Through the long hours of treatment and recovery, Dr. Ellen Bolotin (above) offered Adriana and her family not only a helping hand, but a hand to hold as well. "I wouldn't wish anyone to go through what we survived, but at the same time our doctors and the staff here made this difficult experience a very moving and warming one as well," Adriana's mom, Leanne, says. "People look at my three daughters and can't guess which one had just faced cancer. Adriana looks so great — and her dimples are still intact!"
Cancer. Tumor. Blood disorder.
These are words no parent wants to hear. We recognize that coping with a child’s serious illness is a life-altering experience for any family. Fortunately, curative treatments offer hope to many children affected by these disorders. When conventional therapy has not produced a cure, stem cell transplantation may be the only life-saving alternative.
The Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, is part of the Hematology/Oncology department and a world-class program with expertise in all areas of hematopoietic cell transplantation.
The California Department of Health and Human Services has designated Children’s Hospital’s BMT program a center of excellence for pediatric stem cell transplantation. Children’s BMT program has also been accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.
Sibling Donor Cord Blood program
The Sibling Donor Cord Blood Program, the first of its kind in the world, developed at Children’s offers a unique treatment option to families with children suffering from blood disorders.
When a family with a child who might benefit from a cord blood transplant is expecting another child, our program facilitates collection of the sibling baby’s umbilical cord blood at the time of delivery. Under a recent agreement between ViaCord®, the core blood processing laboratory under ViaCell, a biotechnology company, and Children’s, ViaCord® will process and store cord blood units.
Under its new title, ‘The Sibling Connection’, the combined program brings together the Sibling Donor Cord Blood program at CHORI and its transplantation experience with the high quality processing and customer service offered by ViaCord®, ViaCell’s product offering for the preservation and storage of cord blood for related use. If — and when — the cord blood unit is needed for transplantation in the affected sibling, the program facilitates transport of the unit to the designated transplant center
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