Life-Saving Treatment Options for Patients with Aplastic Anemia
Severe cases of aplastic anemia or ones that lead to life-threatening symptoms require specialized care. With this non-malignant disease, the body doesn’t produce enough new blood cells so patients feel very fatigued and have a much higher risk of infection. This rare condition can develop at any age and the severity can significantly affect all areas of your health.
Prior to designing an individualized treatment plan, our anemia specialists at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center carefully review a patient’s age, health status, medical history, the severity of their condition, how well they tolerate certain medications and therapies, as well as their personal preferences.
We may recommend a range of aplastic anemia treatments based on your personal needs, including:
- Drugs that stimulate the bone marrow
- Infection treatment
- Suppress the immune system with immunotherapy
- Provide blood transfusions to restore blood cell counts to normal levels
- Stem cell transplant
Restorative Stem Cell Transplant for Aplastic Anemia
A stem cell transplant procedure may be the most viable treatment option for severe aplastic anemia. Our team of transplant specialists at UH Seidman Cancer Center are skilled in the use of stem cell transplant with superior success rates. We use the latest innovations in care for a variety of blood disorders. With stem cell transplant, the damaged stem cells are replaced with normal healthy cells from a donor. This is the most viable curative approach.
We work closely with our patients to determine the best course of treatment and determine the best match for donor availability, including alternative donors for patients without a closely matched family member donor. Using all available resources from our University Hospitals system of care, we provide our aplastic anemia patients with a life-saving treatment option that may otherwise not be available to them.
Multidisciplinary Approach to Care
Our multidisciplinary team focuses on the whole patient, making sure that your preferences are heard and respected. We talk through all treatment options, making sure that your care plan is focused on improving your quality of life.
With a non-malignant disease such as aplastic anemia, we make sure that our patients have a full understanding of each step of the process for transplant, including evaluation, transplant eligibility, bone marrow preparation and infusion of stem cells.