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.