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Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

If you have been diagnosed with a condition that requires a bone marrow transplant you will be directed to the medical experts at the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Unit. Your bone marrow performs the important task of producing blood cells. A bone marrow transplant is a procedure that allows doctors to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow – the soft tissue inside your bones – with healthy bone marrow stem cells.

Bone marrow can be collected relatively easily and donated with no significant consequences to the donor thanks to its great capacity for self-regeneration. BMT is mainly a medical rather than a surgical procedure.

Bone marrow transplants can be used to treat patients with:

  • Blood and bone marrow cancers like multiple myeloma, leukaemia
  • Genetic diseases such as thalassaemia and immune deficiencies eg. SCID
  • Diseases which cause the bone marrow to fail like aplastic anaemia

There are two types of ‘transplantation’.

An autologous transplant is one which uses a person's own stem cells. These cells are collected in advance and reintroduced to the person at a later stage. This type of transplant is useful in patients with multiple myeloma.

In an allogeneic transplant, the patient receives bone marrow from another person -- usually a HLA compatible sibling, but sometimes an unrelated donor. This type of transplant is used to correct severe disorders such as thalassaemia and aplastic anaemia. It involves a long stay in the hospital (approximately 45 days)

What sets us apart

Take a look at what differentiates the Central Bone Marrow Transplant Unit from the rest. You’ll see that we really do offer you a better experience all round

  • 3 state of the art rooms with positive-pressure ventilation and Hepa Filtration
  • A well trained, dedicated medical and nursing team providing a personalized service
  • HLA typing tests sent directly to New York to ensure an accurate match with donor and recipient
  • Apheresis unit with a dedicated team for peripheral blood stem cell harvesting

Other services include:

    • Blood Transfusions
    • Treating Haematological disorders such as thalassaemia, multiple myeloma and lymphoma both as in patients and out-patients.

 

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