In approximately the time it takes to order and receive a cup of coffee at a coffee shop, one person in the United States will be diagnosed with a blood cancer.
Blood cancers, which include leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), are types of cancer that can affect the bone marrow, the blood cells, the lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system. It is estimated more than 170,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2017.
The good news is that many types of blood cancer are more treatable – and survivable than ever. For example, the overall five-year relative survival rate for leukemia has more than quadrupled since 1960. When you choose to come to the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Multidisciplinary Clinic at UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center, you will have access to the most advanced therapies for patients in all stages of this disease. Learn more about our cellular therapy program and CAR-T therapy in this video with Dr. Rob Emmons.
Established in 1988, the UofL Brown Cancer Center’s Blood and Marrow Transplant Program was one of the first in Kentucky, and even the surrounding states. Our BMT team represents the leading experts in the region, and have also been internationally recognized for our contributions to blood cancer research and clinical care. Our specialists are bringing the latest in research discoveries straight from the laboratory to the bedside using a team-focused, multidisciplinary approach.
The mission of the hematologic malignancies/blood and marrow transplantation division is to provide the unparalleled quality of services to our patients that matches their value and belief through compassionate care and innovative sciences.
We mean that the clinical plan for each patient is:
Customized – you are not a case; you are a patient, and each individual’s care is tailored to the needs of the patient
Comprehensive – we consider the physical, emotional, psychological and social needs of each patient to ensure holistic care that provides the best care and outcomes possible
Coordinated – as your multidisciplinary Blood and Marrow Transplant team, all the physicians and specialists who are providing your treatment meet for a team conference to synthesize their efforts
Each member of your clinical team meets together in one room to collaborate and bring the best knowledge to the table to discuss your diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment moving forward. This approach ensures that each and every patient receives the ideal combination of treatments and therapies.
Your highly trained and specialized team may include physicians, nurse practitioners, stem cell specialists and medical technologists. But because we know cancer treatment is not just about medical care, it’s about patients – your team may also include psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, rehabilitation specialists and other appropriate medical professionals.
When you enter treatment at UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center, you are choosing the facility that offers the latest technology, therapies and clinical trials.
In addition, our specially trained oncology nurses will care for you before, during, and after treatment; help manage cancer trials; and educate you about what to expect when you go home from the hospital. They also communicate with your family members and other members of your support team to address their needs and concerns.
UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center is home to a renowned group of blood and marrow transplantation specialists. Your doctor may have referred you to UofL Brown Cancer Center because you have a complex blood disorder and may benefit from cellular therapy or bone marrow transplantation. Combined with other treatments, these are viable treatment options for diseases such as leukemia, Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma and aplastic anemia.
What is cellular therapy?
Cell therapy is the use of blood cells from your own body or in some cases from an appropriate donor to treat your blood disorder.
University of Louisville Hospital and UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center has been designated a Blue Distinction Center+ for Transplants for Adult Bone Marrow/Stem Cell by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.