All patients at KHCC who are considered for stem cell and bone marrow transplantation are admitted to the Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Transplant multidisciplinary clinic (MDC). Patients are usually referred from other multidisciplinary clinics at KHCC, through other oncologists in Jordan or abroad.
Once the patient is admitted to the Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Transplant MDC, a BMT consultant will see the patient in the BMT clinic then present the case to the rest of the MDC. The MDC team will decide if the patient is eligible for a transplant, and if so, the best chemotherapy/preparation regiment prior to the transplant. Some patients may require chemotherapy, which is administered by a BMT physician and others may require radiation therapy, which is administered by the radiation oncology department.
The BMT program at KHCC is the only comprehensive combined adult and pediatric BMT program in the country. The clinic offers the following types of transplants:
- Autologous transplants
- Alogenic transplants (myoplative and reduced intensity)
- Fully-matched or mis-matched transplants from related or un-related donors
Sources of stem cells:
- Peripheral blood
- In-bone marrow
- Umbilical cords
Who’s on the MDC team?
Dr. Fawzi Abdel Rahman – Head of Bone Marrow and Stem Cell MDC
The team meets bi-weekly: once to discuss all pre-transplant cases, and once to discuss all post-transplant cases that have already received a transplant or are currently in the unit.
Ancillary and patient support services
The Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Transplant MDC works in close cooperation with nutritionists, social workers, physiotherapy, and psychologists in order to provide patients with the most comprehensive care possible.