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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Stem Cell Transplant

Bone marrow transplantation — or, more accurately, stem cell transplantation — is now standard therapy for some cancers and blood disorders.

The UC Davis Stem Cell Transplant Program performed the capital region's first bone marrow transplant in 1993.  Today the program serves both adults and children, and is the largest and most experienced of its kind in inland Northern California.  It is the region's only National Marrow Donor Transplant Program, an advantage that gives our patients access to potential donors worldwide.

We perform autologous transplants and both matched-related and matched-unrelated donor allogeneic transplants.  With a transplant team that includes specialists in all areas of stem cell transplantation, our success rates meet or exceed national averages.

Caring for the whole patient

Before, during and after a hospital stay, our patients can count on consistent, close contact with both their doctor and a nurse coordinator.  In addition, a registered dietitian is available to provide nutritional support.  Social workers can provide emotional support, assistance with health insurance issues, and help with arranging temporary housing at or near the medical center for family members while a patient is in the hospital.

Follow-up care

After the transplant, adult patients go to the Cancer Center for their follow-up appointments.  Pediatric patients are seen in the nearby Glassrock Building, at 2521 Stockton Blvd.

The stem cell transplant team

Mehrdad Abedi, M.D.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology

Carol M. Richman, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Director, Stem Cell Transplantation Program

Douglas Taylor, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology

Joseph M. Tuscano, M.D.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology

Ted Wun, M.D.
Chief of Hematology and Oncology
Medical Director, CTSC Clinical Research Center
Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Chief, VA Northern California HCS Hematology Oncology

Kristine Ahlberg, R.N.
Stem Cell Transplant Coordinator
Oncology-Certified Nurse
Certified Hematopoietic Transplant Coordinator

Judy Downing, R.N.
Stem Cell Transplant Coordinator
Oncology-Certified Nurse