Through seminars and awarness drives,patients can learn more about the procedure involved in bone marrow transplants
With advancements in medical science and technology,Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) is fast becoming one of the most accepted surgical procedures by patients suffering from cancer and other related ailments. Earlier,it was one of the most expensive procedures with high risk factors for both the donor and the recipient. Very recently,the Bone Marrow Transplant department at the Ruby Hall Clinic became the first in the country to complete 100 successful transplants in a very short period of time.
Dr Vijay Ramanan,director and head,Dept of Bone Marrow & Stem Cell transplant,says,We have recently added an upgraded facility at the BMT Department which was inaugurated by the Kenyan Health Minister,Professor Peter Anyang Nyong. There are a lot of myths surrounding autologus and allogenic (donor induced) BMT. Through seminars and public speaking drives,we aim to quell these myths about the procedure.
It’s the pre and post operative care provided by the department since its inception in 2008 that has ensured the successful completion of 100 transplants. A lot of the patients who come in here require an autologus BMT that involves taking the stem cells from the patient itself. However,when a donor is required,the process becomes complicated. If the patient and the donor take all the necessary precautions,the process can be completed with a 100 per cent success rate,” he says. The main issues arise when the donors are skeptical about the after-effects of the procedure on them. “There is very little information available about the procedure and its effects on health. We wish to change this so that people are made aware of the importance of the process and how easy it really is, he adds.
The place has also become the first centre to perform the Cord Blood Transplantation,to use the Total Body Irradiation (TBI) technique,and to perform transplants like the Autologous,Allogenic,Haploidentical and Unrelated Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplant. It also has an in-house HLA matching facility for finding donors for all types of transplants. We will be starting a BMT survivor group on November 19 for the patients who have successfully completed the procedure. Their personal experiences will make other patients and the general public more aware about its benefits, he says.