Hi and welcome,
Firstly, i think this post might get more responses from more informed people on the bone marrow transplant board vs. the CML board. Once a person is doing a transplant, their underlying condition really becomes less important because the transplant itself really replaces the original cancer diagnosis.
Secondly, an introduction. My name is Lottie, and my husband Nate is the patient. he was dx with ALL 12/22/10 and had a SCT 3/2/11. He is doing amazingly well now. He is 27, we live in NH, and he gets treated at Mass general in Boston.
And thirdly, and I hate to say this, but Trey is just flat out wrong when he said "there is no such thing as the best transplant facility. Some are better and some are worse in certain categories, but many are pretty much the same according to stats you would be interested in."
No. That is 100% wrong. Trey is a great CML specialist on these boards, but (not trying to start anything here) his transplant information is flawed at best. Another reason you should mosey on over to our BMT board
Anyways, there are better transplant facilities. What you should look for is the facility that does LOTS of transplants every single year. Looking at the ones you've listed:
Indiana University did 560 transplants between Jan. 2010 and Dec. 2011. So, roughly 280 a year. That's pretty darn good. Their survival rate is well within average, so that's good too.
Vanderbilt did 620 in that time frame, so 310 a year. Their survival rate is also average.
Markey only did 129 over 2 years, which is significantly less. But, survival was average.
So that's what you're looking at. More experience means that the team will be better suited to care for you should to encounter any hiccups. If I were you, I would choose either Indiana U or Vanderbilt, and between those two, probably pick the one you are most comfortable with and possibly closer to.
Now that being said, there are MANY MANY MANY people who travel to places like MD Anderson in Houston or the Hutch in Seattle because, hands down, those places are the top transplant centers on the country. But that is a personal decision and one only the patient can make. I think you have some very good options closer to home and maybe set up some consultations so you can meet the team and get a feel for it. Bottom line: follow your gut.
My husband had his at MGH and I wouldnt change a thing. We love his doctor, his nurses, the hospital, everything. We are comfortable there and we trust them, and that's important.
So again, try and find your way over the BMT board; we have several CML people over there who post from time to time. But, for transplant-related questions, that forum is definitely the place to be!