For some children, Diamond-Blackfan anemia can be cured by having a transplant of blood-forming stem cells from a healthy donor. This treatment helps your child’s bone marrow make normal blood cells. It is also called a bone marrow transplant or hematopoietic cell transplant. Hematopoietic (him-at-oh-poy-EH-tik) stem cells are immature cells that grow into blood cells.
Our Non-Malignant Transplant Program specializes in stem cell transplants for children with marrow failure and other noncancer conditions.
Often, children with bone marrow failure need special treatment to prepare their body for the transplant and help them recover without serious side effects. This is called reduced-intensity conditioning. Our team created many of the conditioning treatments used now for children with marrow failure.
We perform the transplants here at Seattle Children’s, working closely with our partner Fred Hutch.