In 2012, Jason Law, MD started as Floating Hospital for Children’s Director of Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant. Dr. Law is impressed with the Medical Center’s beautiful facility dedicated to providing a home away from home for children who must spend many weeks recovering from these transplants. But the Neely Foundation for Cancer Care Pediatric BMT unit and connected apartments for parents weren’t all that convinced Law to move from the University of California at San Francisco to Floating Hospital.
“My colleagues here are amazing,” Law says. “When I interviewed here, it was clear that Floating Hospital had all the elements necessary for a great transplant program. I was so impressed by their energy, enthusiasm and expertise, and the way that physicians across specialties work together to treat these patients.”
While bone marrow transplant is most often performed on leukemia patients whose leukemia has relapsed or has not responded to initial treatment, Law says the therapy is increasingly useful in serious non-malignant disorders of the blood and bone marrow. Among those diseases that can be treated with bone marrow transplant are hemoglobinopathies, bone marrow failure syndromes, immunodeficiencies, and some metabolic disorders.
Bone marrow transplant is the only cure for sickle cell anemia, for example. Law said that patients with severe sickle cell disease should be evaluated early for a possible transplant, because outcomes tend to be better for younger patients.
“With our hematology/oncology service and our bone marrow transplant service, we’re able to evaluate and treat patients across the spectrum of blood- and marrow-based diseases,” Law says. “I look forward to working with my colleagues treating children in the community to offer bone marrow transplant as an option for their patients who can benefit.”