Bone Marrow Transplantation
Children's Mercy provides expert bone marrow transplant services for patients with a variety of needs.

Bone Marrow Transplantation

The Section of Bone Marrow Transplantation at Children's Mercy Kansas City treats many different types of patients referred for transplant. No two patients are alike, and treatments may vary, even among patients with the same diagnosis. Our mission is to provide the highest quality blood and marrow transplant care.

Bone Marrow Transplant Procedures

Autologous Transplant
Patient's own cells are used for transplant.

Related Allogeneic Transplant
Cells from a family member are used for transplant.

Unrelated Allogeneic Transplant
Cells from an unrelated donor or umbilical cord blood unit are used for transplant. 

Cell Sources

  • Bone Marrow
  • Peripheral Blood Stem Cells
  • Cord Blood

Common Conditions Treated

  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
  • Lymphoma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Anemia/Hemoglobinopathy
  • Immune Deficiency
  • Inherited Metabolic Disorders

Transplant Staff

Children's Mercy features a highly skilled team of pediatric blood and marrow transplant specialists including board-certified pediatric hematologists, pediatric oncologists and surgeons. Our staff also includes BMT-trained nurses, dieticians, child-life specialists, pharmacists, social workers and nurse coordinators.
Meet the bone marrow transplantation team

Department Highlights

Our BMT section is Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)-accredited. Our specialized team provides comprehensive, coordinated, cost-effective, and patient- and family-centered manner. The BMT unit is HEPA-filtered, an infection-control technology that filters germs and microbials from the air. The program participates in local, regional, national and international clinical research protocols which meet the highest ethical and scientific standards.

Children with cancer or other serious health disorders experience a wide range of emotions throughout the diagnosis and treatment process. Family members also share many of the same emotions the patient experiences. Children's Mercy offers resources to support families during this time. 

Visiting Guidelines

We promote family-centered care by having the support of friends and family to enhance the emotional well-being of patients. All patients need to be in good health.

Room Amenities and Services

Every patient room features a window, two TVs, and a parent bed with a separate call light. Nurse offices are located nearby to tend to any needs of patients and families. 

HEPA-Filter Technology
The entire BMT unit uses HEPA-filter technology to keep patients safe from infection by filtering germs and microbials from the air. 

Parent Room
We provide a room where parents can relax - no children are allowed. The room includes a computer, TV, and washer and dryer.  

BMT Bucks
The BMT Bucks program is a way to motivate our patients to take ownership over their health and recovery. Compliance with taking medicines and other aspects of their care will be rewarded with BMT Bucks. Patients can then create wish-list items, and our Child Life team will gather items to turn the unit playroom into a store. Patients get to take their BMT Bucks and go shopping in the store every Friday. This program helps encourage compliance with individual care plans, which will lead to quicker recovery.  

Donor Advocacy Program

The Donor Advocacy Program at Children's Mercy was created to support the health and well-being of pediatric bone marrow donors.
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Support BMT at Children's Mercy

Find out how you can help support bone marrow transplantation at Children's Mercy.
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Be the Match

Find out more bone marrow donation through, a national bone marrow donation program.

The Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation

Each year, the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at Children’s Mercy Kansas City provides comprehensive care to nearly 2,000 children with childhood cancers, sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders, with survival rates frequently above national averages. At any given time, the Division is participating in 80–100 clinical and laboratory trials, including several national trials led by its own investigators. As the primary pediatric cancer provider and the only NCI Children’s Oncology Group institution in the Midwest Cancer Alliance, Children’s Mercy is the pediatric consortium partner for the National Cancer Institute-designated The University of Kansas Cancer Center and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. This partnership offers progress in cutting-edge cancer research to help the plight of children with cancer. The Division also has received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.


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