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Bone marrow transplant center to open in 2014

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Austinites who are diagnosed with blood cancer will soon have some more convenient treatment options.

Saint David's Healthcare announced it is investing $11-million in a new blood cancer treatment center.

It will be the first of its kind in the Austin area. That means patients dealing with bone cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, will be able to get bone marrow transplants here in Austin. 

Currently, most patients have that procedure in San Antonio, and usually it means relocating for several weeks.

"It makes a big difference for patients, logistically, psychologically, and it will, in my opinion, make their ability to get better, faster, if they have all the support and infrastructure they need closer to home," said Carlos R. Bachier, M.D.

The blood cancer treatment center already has an outpatient center in Austin. The bone marrow transplant center is scheduled to open in early 2014.

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