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Blood Cancer

Dr. Hildebrandt and Erika Carter
Gerhard Hildebrandt, MD, a UK Markey Cancer Center blood and marrow transplantation hematologist, visits former patient Erika Carter as she returns to work as a teacher. Read more about their story.

Hematology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation

More than 1,500 patients have received transplants from the Hematology and Blood & Marrow Transplant Program at UK HealthCare since the program was founded in 1982. Part of the UK Markey Cancer Center, our program features a 15-bed inpatient unit where all rooms are private and positive-pressure HEPA-filtered.

The Hematology and Blood & Marrow Transplant team treats all blood-related diseases, including aplastic anemia and other conditions that stem from a bone marrow failure, as well as some solid neoplastic diseases. Our experts perform both autologous transplants, which use stem cells from the patient, and allogeneic procedures, which use stem cells from a donor. 

Specialties

Treatment of blood disorders such as anemia, thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, aplastic anemia, myelodysplasia, sickle cell disease, polycythemia, thrombocytosis, myeloproliferative disorders; treatment of coagulation disorders such as hemophilia, Von Willebrand's disease, thrombosis; treatment of hematologic malignancies such as acute leukemia, chronic leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myelomablood and marrow transplants.

Hematologic Cancer Care at the UK Markey Cancer Center

Because every facet of UK HealthCare is dedicated to remaining on the leading edge of modern medicine, a variety of clinical research programs are under way within the Hematology and Blood & Marrow Transplant Program at UK Markey Cancer Center.

  • Transplant Team and Nursing

    Our attending physicians are trained in medical hematology and oncology, and each brings specific expertise in transplants and blood-related cancers. Because UK HealthCare takes a cooperative, highly integrated approach to medicine, patients in the Hematology and Blood & Marrow Transplant Program also have access to experts in every medical and surgical subspecialty.

    Our nurses, who have an average of 12 years of experience in blood and marrow transplants, are certified in chemotherapy, biotherapy and oncology nursing. The Hematology and Blood & Marrow Transplant team also includes a dietitian and a social worker for both inpatient and outpatient consultation. Care coordinators and disease-team leaders coordinate inpatient and outpatient care.