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UCSF Is "Over Performer" in Bone Marrow Transplant Survival Rates

January 25, 2012
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The Hematology and Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program at UCSF Medical Center was again named an "over performer" by the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR). This is the second consecutive year the service has been recognized as an over performer.

The program is also one of 14 nationwide recognized for exceeding U.S. expectations in patient survival rates for those undergoing a blood or marrow transplant from either a relative or an unrelated donor. At UCSF, 75 percent of adult patients receiving a BMT survive at least a year, compared to the national average of 63.4 percent.

The Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, led by Dr. Morton Cowan, was ranked number one for survival performance by the federally mandated review of 156 programs nationwide.

The 156 transplant centers were reviewed based on the number of transplants done annually, adjusted for risk, and estimated the chance for survival one year post transplant. Overall, the estimated chance of survival after one year was 63.4 percent. Of the 156 centers reviewed, only 14 (9 percent) were considered over performers, with the UCSF Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program ranked number one with a survival rate of 87.6 percent.

While adult bone marrow transplants are usually performed to treat blood-related cancers, pediatric transplants are necessary for a host of other reasons. Immunodeficiency syndromes, defects in red blood cells, inborn errors of metabolism, and several types of cancer account for many of the BMT transplants performed in children at UCSF.

Since the UCSF Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program was started by Cowan in 1982, nearly 1,000 transplants have been performed at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. In 1982, UCSF performed the first partially matched bone marrow transplant on the West Coast, using bone marrow from a parent for a child with a severe immunodeficiency disease.

About UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Medical Center consistently ranks as one of the top 10 hospitals in the United States. Recognized for innovative treatments, advanced technology, collaboration among health care professionals and scientists, and a highly compassionate patient care team, UCSF Medical Center serves as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco. The medical center's nationally preeminent programs include children's health, the brain and nervous system, organ transplantation, women's health and cancer. It operates as a self-supporting enterprise within UCSF and generates its own revenues to cover the operating costs of providing patient care.

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About UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital. For more information, visit www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org.

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