It’s Donate Life Month, and at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Division of Pulmonary and Respiratory Diseases, we’re focused on helping our lung transplant recipients survive and thrive year-round.
We give these most critically ill children the best chance by working across disciplines to develop a long-term care plan, using new and innovative therapies when available. We are one of the few pediatric centers to offer photopheresis, a therapy that has been beneficial in treating graft vs. host disease (GVHD) and graft rejection in lung transplantation.
“As many stem cell transplant (SCT) patients later battle chronic lung disease, they are well served by our integrated team approach involving specialists in pulmonology, endocrinology and dermatology as well as experts in oncology from Dana Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center,” says Craig Gerard, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Respiratory Diseases and the Leila and Irving Perlmutter Professor of Pediatrics.
Read the case of a patient treated with a bilateral lung transplant for pulmonary complications after SCT for refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia who is now thriving.