A transplant center is a hospital that has an established transplant program with experience in marrow or cord blood transplants. We provide detailed information on U.S. transplant centers to help you and your doctors choose the transplant center that is best for you. Many of these centers are part of the NMDP* network so they meet specific guidelines to help ensure you receive quality treatment. There are also many international transplant centers in the NMDP network.
Information to help you choose
When making your choice, work with your doctor and insurance company to find the center that is best for you. Some important factors in choosing a transplant center include:
- Insurance coverage – Your insurance company may require you go to selected transplant centers.
- Your doctor – Your doctor may recommend specific transplant centers.
- Costs – Donor search and other costs before transplant can vary by transplant center. Contact the transplant center financial coordinator to learn more information about their costs. Find resources to help you plan for transplant costs.
- Location – You may have to travel to receive a transplant. Consider how far the transplant center is from your home. Contact the transplant center to see if there are low cost housing options available.
- Support services – Different transplant centers may have different types of support services available. Contact the transplant center to learn more about the services available.
- HLA matching requirements – Different transplant centers may require a different level of HLA matching. Contact the transplant center to learn more information about specific HLA requirements.
- Experience treating patients like you – Different transplant centers have different areas of expertise. Look at the transplant center information to see what types of transplants they do. Contact the transplant center for more information about their specialty areas. Learn about transplant center outcomes and experience. Find out how many patients with your disease a transplant center has treated.
Questions to ask the transplant center
Our patient services coordinators can answer your questions about choosing a transplant center and provide support and education to help you navigate your transplant journey.
To learn more about a transplant center it is helpful to contact the center and ask specific questions.
- At this transplant center, does a patient see the same doctor throughout the transplant process? Or does a patient see an rotating team of doctors?
- How long is the average hospital stay?
- What are the center's visitor policies? Are children allowed to visit? What about guest overnight stays?
- What infection-control policies does this center have? Do patients have their own rooms? Do visitors have to wear masks?
- Can pediatric patients continue schooling while at the center? Are tutoring services available?
- What support is available for patients, caregivers and children? (Support available might include child-life specialists, clergy, social workers, volunteers or day care.)
- Are patients able to connect to the Internet from their rooms?
- How does this center stay in contact with the patient's primary doctor after discharge?
- Sometimes patients decide they need to change from one transplant center to another. There are some factors to keep in mind if you are thinking about changing centers.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has patient survival and transplant data for transplants performed in the U.S. These include overall patient survival for specific diseases.
- BMT InfoNet offers information about transplant centers that perform related, unrelated or autologous transplants.
*The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) has transplant centers in the U.S. and around the world. The NMDP also operates Be The Match®.