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Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Making Difference for Cancer Patients

The Autologous Stem Cell Transplant program at Scott & White Memorial Hospital – Temple, which has transplanted stem cells in 118 patients, has received an internationally recognized accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The program is the only one with this accreditation between Dallas and San Antonio.

“We know that this therapy is making a difference in the lives of our adult patients dealing with certain bone marrow cancers,” said Christian Cable MD, director of the autologous stem cell transplant program. “We believe FACT Accreditation will make patients aware that our facility strives to achieve the highest quality care for cellular therapy treatment programs.”

Since 2005, Scott & White Temple has performed transplants on adult patients in Central Texas. Patients with bone marrow cancer such as multiple myeloma and lymphoma are treated with high-dose chemotherapy. The treatment is very effective at destroying cancer cells, but also destroys the patient’s healthy bone marrow cells. A blood stem cell transplant delivers healthy stem cells to replace bone marrow that either is not working properly or has been destroyed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Stem cell transplants are similar to blood transfusions and do not require surgery.

“The goal is to help either cure or prolong the life of patients with these two types of bone marrow cancers,” said Ann Wilson, Senior Processing Technologist. “The process is complex, but we know that it is effective and helps give patients a chance for a better quality of life after treatment and our new accreditation is a testament to our commitment to offer quality care for those patients.”

FACT is an accrediting body for hospitals and medical institutions offering stem cell transplantation that meet rigorous and comprehensive quality standards. This covers the entire spectrum of stem cell therapy, from clinical care to donor management, cell collection, processing, storage, transportation, administration, and cell release. For more information about the Scott & White Temple accreditation visit the FACT website.

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