Siteman Cancer Center Achieves a Milestone

In July 2011, the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program at Siteman Cancer Center achieved an important landmark by completing its 5000th transplant.

The Washington University transplant program began in 1980 and the first transplant was performed in 1982 with bone marrow from a matching sibling.  This year, the program expects to perform 400 transplants making it one of the largest transplant centers in the country.

John Dipersio, MD, PhD, Siteman’s Deputy Director and Chief of the Division of Oncology characterized this achievement as an enormous undertaking and recognized the hard work of the people that contributed to this very important milestone.

On September 8th, 2011, the Siteman Clinic and Treatment Staff were honored for their contributions with a huge pretzel in the shape of the milestone number, 5000.  Also the Siteman Clinic Staff are sporting “5000 Bone Marrow Transplant” lapel pins to show their support and dedication to this program and the patients and families it serves. 

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