Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle Cell Anemia is an inherited red blood cell disorder most commonly found in patients of African, Mediterranean, and Asian descent. Normal red blood cells are round with a donut like shape. In patients with Sickle Cell Anemia, the shape of their blood cells is altered due to a change in the iron containing substance called hemoglobin, whose primary responsibility is oxygen transport within the cell. This causes the normal rounded shape of a red blood cell to transform into a crescent, rod like shape, termed as “sickle”. While normal red blood cells travel through the blood vessels easily, "sickle" shaped cells due not causing severe pain and low blood iron, also known as anemia.

Bone Marrow Transplants are seen as a viable treatment for this disease because in bone marrow transplants, the patient's diseased bone marrow is destroyed and healthy marrow is infused into the patient's blood-stream. In a successful transplant, the new bone marrow migrates to the cavities of the large bones and begins producing healthy, normal blood cells. The hematologists at the Bone Marrow Transplant Center at WCI have a close relationship with the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center located at Grady Hospital. The Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Grady Health System is the world’s first 24 hour comprehensive primary care clinic for patients with sickle cell syndromes.

Survival Outcomes

As one our of specialized services for the treatment of Aplastic Anemia, over 70% of our patients who underwent an allogeneic transplant had a stready survival rate beyond year five.

 Survival Outcomes, Aplastic Anemia Allogeneic 2007-2011

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National awards & recognition


• Winship is a National Cancer Institute - Designated Cancer Center
• US News & World Report “America’s Best Hospitals"
• Accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
• Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
• Blue Cross Distinction - Center for Complex and Rare Cancers
• OptumHealth Center of Excellence for Bone Marrow Transplant
• Foundation for the Accreditation of Cell Therapy (FACT) Accredited
• Center of Excellence of the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation.