Wilmot Blood, Marrow Transplant Program Marks 20 Years
Survivors’ Invited to Celebrate with Picnic Set for July 30
July 16, 2008
The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center will celebrate 20 years of providing life-saving blood and marrow transplants with a survivors’ celebration Wednesday, July 30. A picnic will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Buckland Park Lodge, 1341 Westfall Road in Brighton.
Transplant survivors and families are encouraged to register by calling (585) 275-5284.
“There have been significant advances in blood and marrow transplantation since we began providing them 20 years ago and we have seen great successes for our patients. This is an important time to celebrate each of them,” said Gordon L. Phillips II, M.D., director of the Samuel E. Durand Blood and Marrow Transplant Program.
The Wilmot Cancer Center, the only site in the Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region to offer transplants, provides about 120 each year. It is the largest program in Upstate New York and is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Hematopoietic Cell Therapy.
Blood and marrow transplantation is the accepted therapy for several conditions – acute myelogenous and lymphoblastic leukemia, chronic myelocytic leukemia, aplastic anemia, Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, neuoblastoma, as well as a variety of other inherited diseases.
The doctors and nurses at Wilmot provide three types of transplants: autologous transplants using a person’s own stem cells or marrow removed previously; allogenic transplant using cells or marrow from a relative with similar genes; or an unrelated transplant, using cells or marrow from a stranger with similar genes.
The center has seen significant success, with 100-day survival rates exceeding national benchmarks in all categories for marrow and stem cell transplants.