Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (PBSCT) (also called high dose chemotherapy with stem cell rescue).
Peripheral blood stem cell and donor bone marrow transplantation
For certain cancers, mostly of the blood but also some others, treatment can be improved by stem cell transplantation. Your specialist will advise you if your treatment can be helped by PBSCT. (Not all cancers can be helped by this method.)
The clinical haematology department organises all the PBSCT’s in Palmerston North even for patients who are usually treated by the oncology doctors.
Donor Bone Marrow Transplant
For certain conditions, usually blood cancers but occasionally for non-cancerous blood disorders a donor bone marrow transplant may be carried out. The procedure is similar to a peripheral blood stem cell transplant, but bone marrow is collected from a donor, not the patient. The bone marrow collection procedure involves a simple operation, or sometimes stem cells are collected from the donor in a similar manner to stem cell collection for peripheral blood stem cell transplant.