Dharamshila Hospital proudly hosted the International Cancer Congress 2016 – Hematological Malignancies, Consensus and Controversies on 6th and 7th Feb, 2016

        New Delhi, February 8th 2016: Dharamshila Hospital proudly hosted the International Cancer Congress 2016 - Hematological Malignancies, Consensus and Controversies on 6th and 7th Feb, 2016. The congress was attended by over 300 delegates. 5 international stalwarts and 10 national experts in the field of blood disorders and Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) spoke on various blood disorders and their management.   The highlight of the co...

Challenges versus Success rate of Haploidentical Bone Marrow Transplantation at Dharamshila BMT Centre

Knowing very well, the trauma of patients and their families, who have failed to find a fully HLA matched donor, for Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT), Dharamshila Hospital And Research Centre, pioneered a comprehensive Haploidentical [half matched family donors (Parents/ children / sibling)] BMT. This program was started with the right mix of experience, expertise and infrastructure. We have performed 46 Haploidentical BMT in the last 21 months and 39 patients are disease free i.e. a...

When Hope and Age Are Not On Your Side; Have Faith: A Fairy Tale of Haploidentical (Half Matched) Bone Marrow Transplantation

A Fairy Tale of Haploidentical (Half Matched) Bone Marrow Transplantation
    DEPT OF BMT & HEMATOLOGY, DHARAMSHILA HOSPITAL & RESEARCH CENTRE, NEW DELHI ‘Myelofibrosis’ is a disease of the elderly worldwide. The bone marrow dries up and spleen enlarges vigorously to make up for it. The only cure lies in allogeneic Bone marrow transplantation. But the downside is that the patients are usually old (>60 years) and rejection is very high, even with fully matched family donor.   A 65 year old lawyer from Lucknow was suffering f...

Bone Marrow Transplantation : Everyone has a Donor – By Dr Sarita Jaiswal, Consultant in Hematology & BMT

Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) was developed as an intricately challenging procedure in 1969 aimed at treating incurable end stage leukemia. Over the last 45 years, over a million transplants have taken place, many of these being for conditions other than blood cancer. Such diseases include Thalassemia and Aplastic Anemia amongst others. Both these diseases occur with increased frequency in India. Despite the great advances in the field of BMT and being the only curative treatment for so many...

Inability to Give Correct Cost Of Treatment/ Package Cost For Bone Marrow Transplantation

Bone Marrow Transplantation
Most patients of Haematological disorders, who have been advised Bone Marrow Transplantation, (BMT) fail to understand why correct package cost for Bone Marrow Transplantation cannot be given on telephone /web inquiry or otherwise, before examining the patient and having a final diagnosis after detailed investigations. One must understand some basic facts about Bone Marrow Transplantation, its process and the variable factors which will increase or decrease the cost of BMT for every patient...

Developing a Haploidentical Bone Marrow Transplantation Program: Tribute to a Master- By Dr Sarita Jaiswal, Consultant in BMT and Hematology

Out of an estimated 20,000 patients requiring an Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) in India, only 500 odd patients receive one. Keeping in mind the resource constraints, the major reason for such disparity lies in the lack of alternate donors. Whilst unrelated donor marrow and cord blood from Volunteer Donor Registries and Public Cord Blood Bank meet the need for the ethnic majorities in Europe and the USA, such registries provide for less than 10% of BMTpatients due to both cost ...

When Bone Marrow Fails Your Near Ones Must Come to your Rescue: Story of Haploidentical Bone Marrow Transplantation- By Dr Sarita Jaiswal, Consultant in BMT & Hematology

When kidney fails we look for a new kidney. In the meantime, the patient can be kept well and alive with dialysis. The donor is often a family member with same blood group. However, when bone marrow fails, the world crumbles in front of us. This condition is called APLASTIC ANEMIA. Bone marrow produces millions of cells every minute to keep us alive. There are no artificial means to substitute these cells. Only donated blood and platelets are available to salvage these patients. And yet there ...

Are We Failing Our Children With Thalassemia?- By Dr Suparno Chakrabarti & Dr Sarita Jaiswal, Dept of BMT & Hematology

Thalassemia is the commonest genetic disorder in India and over 10,000 children are born per year with the major form of the disease. The disease in the severe form is called Thalassemia Major. It happens when the genes for thalassemia are inherited from both the parents. Usually the child becomes listless and irritable a few months after birth. By 6-9 months, most children require blood transfusion for survival. Blood transfusion needs to be regular as in every 4-6 weeks as needed to keep the...

Haplo-Identical Bone Marrow Transplantation, “The Glass is Always Half Full

A New lease of Life for the patients of blood disorders,who need transplants but cannot find donors, who are a perfect match to them. The wait for the perfect match is over. A 25 year old IT professional was struck with Hodgkin ’s disease which is one of the most curable cancers. He was treated with standard chemotherapy and the disease went away only to reappear a few months later. This time he received local radiation and Autologous Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT). However, the respo...