20th Anniversary AST Program

An autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) is a procedure in which high-dose chemotherapy is used to treat certain cancers. The procedure was formerly known as a bone marrow transplant. However, as hematopoietic (blood forming) stem cells from blood are now used, the procedure is referred to as a peripheral blood stem cell transplant.

A stem cell transplant “rescues” your body with an infusion of healthy blood forming cells following high dose chemotherapy. The infused stem cells migrate to bone marrow where they produce blood cells that your body and immune system require.

We offer a patient-centered approach that is comprehensive and caring. Our goal is to provide our patients and their families mental, physical and emotional support during a very stressful time. During the hospitalization, a number of doctors participate in the care of transplant patients. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is a teaching hospital, and inpatients may be seen by physicians-in-training (interns, residents and fellows) and medical students. In all cases, however, their involvement will be supervised by a physician on the staff of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.