stem cell transplant program at UC Davis

Our specialists are dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate and personalized care to our patients, stem cell donors, caregivers and families.

The region’s first bone marrow transplant took place at UC Davis in 1993. Today the Stem Cell Transplant Program at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the most experienced of its kind in Northern California. We provide a full range of transplant options, including autologous, matched-related and unrelated transplants, and our success rates meet or exceed national averages.

Our program is designated as a National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Transplant Center, giving UC Davis patients access to more than 22 million registered stem cell donors worldwide, and more than 600,000 units of donated cord blood. The program participates in national clinical trials through cooperative groups supported by the National Cancer Institute.

We are dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate and personalized care to our patients, stem cell donors, caregivers and families. Our collaborative approach to care ensures our patients have the best possible outcomes.

We specialize in the treatment of:

  • Acute and chronic leukemias
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Myeloproliferative disorders
  • Lymphomas (both Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s)
  • Plasma cell disorders, primarily multiple myeloma
  • Marrow failure states such as aplastic anemia
  • Selected cases of recurrent germ cell tumor

Our services include:

  • Transplant for adult patients, including those over 60 years old
  • Autologous, allogeneic related and allogeneic unrelated transplants using peripheral blood stem cells, bone marrow and cord blood 
  • Myeloablative  and non-myeoablative (reduced intensity) treatment plans
  • Donor lymphocyte infusions
  • Phototherapy procedures to treat chronic graft-versus-host disease
  • Treatment provided by a collaborative team of stem cell transplant physicians, nurse practitioners and registered oncology nurses
  • Care coordination by highly specialized transplant nurse coordinators
  • Access to clinical trials
  • Pharmacy, social work, nutrition and other patient support services
  • WeCARE! Blood Cancer Peer Navigator Program for newly diagnosed patients
  • Help with arranging temporary housing near the medical center for patient families

FACT accreditation

Our accreditations

  • The UC Davis Stem Cell Transplant Program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), which certifies that our program continuously meets or exceeds international standards for stem cell collections, processing and complete patient care from initial evaluation through return to the referring oncologist.
  • National Marrow Donor ProgramOur program is designated as a National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Transplant Center and meets NMDP’s stringent annual requirements for the performance of unrelated donor transplants.

  • The program also participates in National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials and is designated as a Center of Excellence by most health-care insurers.
  • Clinical program
  • Apheresis
  • Hematopoietic progenitor cell laboratory
  • Bone marrow transplant unit

Learn more about our stem cell program services