If your child requires a blood and marrow transplant (BMT) or cellular therapy, you want the best care possible from a team of experienced medical professionals who care about your child as much as you do.
At Children’s Mercy, we have the resources, knowledge and expertise to not only help your child survive a life-threatening illness, but to thrive after treatment and live a healthy life.
Since the program began, more than 400 children have received life-saving blood and marrow transplants.
Recognized by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy
Our program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). We are also a member of several organizations that help ensure your child receives the best care possible, including:
Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR)
Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC)
American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Children’s Oncology Group (COG)
Transplant options for every child
One of the first questions families ask us is will my child have a donor?
When we meet a child in need of a transplant, we search all available donor options. Doing so means we can quickly find the best solution each child. As a transplant center for the National Marrow Donor Program, Children’s Mercy has access to donor registries throughout the world.
There are two types of transplant:
Types of donors include:
Partially matched related donors (including parents), also called a haploidentical transplant
Unrelated donors from a volunteer registry
Umbilical cord blood units
We can obtain the healthy cells from the donor in different ways. These include:
Bone marrow – typically taken from the back of the hip bones from the donor
Peripheral blood - taken from the blood of the donor by using a machine to filter out the stem cells
Cord blood transplants – using stem cells from donated umbilical cords
Advanced treatment for diverse disorders
What to expect at Children's Mercy
Each year, the BMT Program performs approximately 40 transplants for children up to age 21. Transplants are done to treat varying forms and stages of cancers. We also use transplantation to treat immune system (immunologic) disorders, blood (hematologic) disorders, and metabolic disorders. We treat a wide range of diagnoses with transplant and have cared for many children with rare diseases through transplant.
Your care team
The process of caring for a child who needs a transplant is complex and requires the skills and expertise of a team of specialists. All team members specialize in blood and marrow treatment. The team is led by Section Chief, Rakesh Goyal, MD.
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.