SKIMS Performs Allogenic Stem Cell, Bone Marrow Transplant For Resistant Blood Cancer Patient

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SRINAGAR: Department of Clinical Haematology at SKIMS performed a matched sibling Allogenic Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplant for a patient suffering from Refractory Blood Cancer (Acute Myeloid Leukemia).

Director SKIMS, Dr AG Ahangar lauded the Department of Clinical Haematology and appreciated them for conducting these rare transplants which are benefitting poor patients.

He said SKIMS has always taken a lead in conducting rare procedures and contributing to providing the best patient care services to poor people who otherwise had to go outside for such procedures involving huge expenses.

Dr Javid Rasool Bhat, Prof and Head Clinical Haematology Department, informed that a 30-year-old male from Baramulla was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in August 2020 in the Department of Clinical Haematology.

“He was given high dose chemotherapy but his disease persisted. So he was given two more cycles of high dose chemotherapy after which his disease was controlled,” said Dr Bhat.

“In view of refractory Blood Cancer, he was explained that the only curative treatment option for him was Stem Cell Transplantation. Fortunately, his brother’s bone marrow stem cells were found to be matching,” he said.

“So, the patient was taken for Allogenic matched sibling transplant on 05/02/2021. Presently, the patient is doing well and is on regular follow-up. This will raise hope for poor and deserving patients of Blood Cancer who need Bone Marrow Transplant,” he added.

It is pertinent to mention that the Department of Clinical Haematology SKIMS recently also conducted transplants for severe Aplastic Anemia and Beta-Thalassemia Major.

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