BMT Canada | Why Roswell Park?

For Canadian BMT Patients: Three Important Things to Know

  • All medical supplies and pharmacy costs are covered during the course of your transplant.
  • The Roswell Park BMT team will stay in touch with your Canadian transplant physicians and Canadian medical providers during your transplant and supply a complete copy of your medical record when you are discharged.
  • We invite you to return to Roswell Park — at no cost — for post-transplant follow-up with our experts on days 100, 180, 240, 300, and 365.

Exceeding Survival Rates in BMT

The Roswell Park BMT Program’s actual one-year survival rate has consistently exceeded the expected one-year survival rate, as calculated by the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR). The CIBMTR, under contract by the federal government and mandate by the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2010, collects outcome data on every allogeneic transplant performed in the United States. As a result, their clinical database now contains information on more than 350,000 transplant recipients. In the most recent 2015 CIBMTR Center Outcomes Report, Roswell Park’s BMT patients had a one year observed survival rate of 70% which is above CIBMTR’s prediction model of 65% (based on patients transplanted from 2011 to 2013).

Distinctions & Accreditations

  • Roswell Park’s BMT Center has been accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) since 2002.
  • Roswell Park is an original member of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research.
  • Be the Match (formerly the National Marrow Donor Program) designates us as a Transplant and Donor Collection Center.

Special Services

Roswell Park offers advanced techniques, therapies, services, and programs to improve outcomes for BMT patients. These include:

  • Reduced-intensity conditioning, which can make transplant possible for eligible patients up to age 80.
  • Unrelated donor BMT, which is a transplant using a donor who is not a blood relative of the patient.
  • Cord blood transplant, which uses cells taken from an umbilical cord or placenta after a baby is born. 
  • A Quality Management Program to ensure consistent, high quality in clinical care, cell collection and processing at every stage of the transplant process.
  • Promising new ways to predict and control transplant complications, including treatment side effects and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).
  • A database with information about more than 2,000 transplants performed at Roswell Park. Analyzing this information helps us improve both short-term and long-term care for people who undergo transplants here.
  • A BMT Orientation and Caregiver Program for the friends or loved ones who serve as your caregivers during and after your transplant and who will play a critically important role in your treatment and recovery.

One-Stop Care

A team approach means better outcomes for BMT patients. Dr. McCarthy discusses one-stop care at Roswell Park.

BMT patients will find the services and assistance they need in a single location — the Roswell Park hospital. These include:

  • On-site collection and processing of blood and marrow.
  • A Transplant Coordinator who can manage all aspects of your case, including the search for a donor, if you need one.
  • Access to more than 20 million potential donors through Be The Match (the national marrow registry).
  • Private patient rooms featuring High-Efficiency Particulate-free Air (HEPA) filtration to protect against airborne infections, a private bathroom, TV with DVD player and a convertible easy chair so a loved one can stay overnight. Visitors (usually two at a time) are welcome 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and may relax, do laundry or fix a snack in the adjacent solarium.

Dental Services

Prior to a blood or marrow transplant, Roswell Park’s dental oncologists look for any conditions that could lead to infection. Chemotherapy and other treatments given as part of the BMT process can weaken your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off infection, so it’s important to take care of any existing problems to prevent future infection and associated pain.