Narayana Health city showcases efficacy of bone marrow transplants

In the last few years, it bone marrow transplant has emerged as an effective and long term cure for diseases such as Leukemia, Thalassemia and Aplastic Anemia which earlier were not curable


patientstreated for blood cancers with doctors from narayana health city

Narayana Health City Bangalore with over 300 successful Bone Marrow Transplants to its credit, today, showcased the efficacy of this treatment modality with over 80% success rate for curing cancerous and genetic blood diseases. Bone Marrow Transplant is a highly advanced procedure that involves transfusion of bone marrow stem cells from a healthy donor to a patient. There are three sources of donors from where the bone marrow can be collected - *related donor, matched unrelated donor and haploidentical donor.

"The nature of blood diseases/ disorders is either genetic in nature or acquired due to exposure to several risk factors including hazardous environment and consumption of adulterated food", said, Dr. Sharat Damodar, hod & senior consultant hematologist, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Narayana Health City." He further added, "Bone Marrow Transplants are now producing high success rates as it is curative in nature and offers hope to patients of a life beyond painful and fatal diseases."

Speaking about the constraints in finding donors in India, he said, "However in India, it is a challenge to find donors and we should consider it as our social responsibility to volunteer for donating healthy bone marrow and help patients in need."

Dr. Damodar and his team of experts also presented and shared cases of patients who have been in remission for five years and even more and leading a disease free life post Bone Marrow Transplantation.

A 30-year-old teacher was admitted with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in blast crisis with the only match option being a bone marrow transplant. Luckily, her sister's bone marrow matched and the patient underwent bone marrow transplant, which has cured her completely. She is now doing well and comes for follow-up.


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