A Compassionate, Experienced Team
Duke’s pediatric blood and bone marrow transplant team is led by board-certified pediatric hematology-oncology specialists. Our team also includes inpatient nurses who work exclusively with pediatric blood and marrow transplant patients, a dedicated pharmacist who carefully manages dose adjustments and monitors for potential drug interactions, a pediatric nutrition specialist to help your child maintain optimal nutritional status, and a dedicated discharge-planning nurse to help your child transition to the outpatient clinic and make sure you are managing their many medications. We also work closely with other Duke pediatric specialists to provide special care for children who have additional medical problems or experience complications after transplantation.
Family-Friendly Setting Specialized for Your Child's Needs
We have a dedicated isolation floor for children who are at a higher risk for infection, as well as a day hospital for children undergoing outpatient procedures such as infusions or certain types of stem cell transplants.
Duke is Home to the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank
The Carolinas Cord Blood Bank is one of the largest public cord blood banks in the world. The extensive inventory comes from a racially diverse group of donors. This improves the chances of finding a suitable match for your child. The bank allows “directed donations,” in which the cord blood can be saved for a family member with certain serious medical conditions including sickle cell disease, congenital immunodeficiency disorder, congenital or acquired marrow failure syndrome, or an inborn error of metabolism.
Research to Advance the Science of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
In 1993, Duke performed the first umbilical cord blood transplant, and we are still one of the world’s leading centers for this approach. Our physician-scientists also are investigating the potential of umbilical cord blood as a regenerative therapy for children with disorders such as autism and cerebral palsy. As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, we are dedicated to improving patient outcomes. We are also part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving patient care.
Access to the Latest Therapies
Your child may have access to the latest therapies through our innovative research programs and clinical trials. One of our current studies, for example, is investigating a novel use of white blood cells for transplant patients with life-threatening infections. Our researchers also have developed a cell therapy, DUOC-01, to treat children undergoing standard cord blood transplants for congenital metabolic diseases. It is hoped that this therapy will speed up the delivery of the missing proteins to these children with inherited deficiencies.
We Extend These Lifesaving Therapies to More People
As leaders in the research and development of new stem cell transplantation techniques, we can extend these lifesaving therapies to many more people -- from infants to young adults, and even to those considered by other centers to be too sick for treatment. We have successfully performed transplants for infants as young as one month and young adults as old as 26 years.
Support and Guidance Through the Process
Our donor search coordinator, financial coordinators, housing coordinator, and developmental psychologists will guide your family through the process and help you support your child’s recovery. Our family support program, made possible by generous donors, provides resources and services for the entire family. These include patient incentive programs, activities and gifts for siblings, and community meals for caregivers.