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Bone Marrow Transplants

A bone marrow transplant can mean the difference between life and death for people with blood cancers and related disorders.In the past two decades, bone marrow transplantation has become an effective, life-saving procedure for a number of malignant and non-malignant diseases.

Doctors from Ruby Hall Clinic have extensive experience performing various types of bone marrow transplants having undertaken more than 350 such procedures since its inception a decade ago. In fact, we commend our team on performing the first bone marrow transplant in Pune.

Our expertise includes both autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplants (using cells directly from the patient and from another person, respectively), using cells derived from bone marrow, peripheral blood and cord blood.

If you or your loved ones suffer from one of the following conditions, a bone marrow transplant might be the option for you:

  • Acute Leukemias (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia)
  • Chronic Leukemias (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia)
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Select solid tumours: Testicular cancer and Paediatric tumours
  • Myeloproliferative disorders
  • Anemias: Aplastic Anemia, Sickle Cell Anemia, Fanconi Anaemia, Paroxysmal Nocturnal Haemoglobinuria
  • Inherited diseases: immune deficiencies, metabolic disease, haemoglobinopathies
  • Severe autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis

A new chapter, a new life

“As an 18-year-old, all I was looking forward to was starting a new chapter of life at college. Within a few months, Hodgkin’s lymphoma was the chapter I was looking at instead, wherein I required a bone marrow transplant to survive. The moment I entered the doors of Ruby Hall Clinic, I felt like a person again. They not only looked after the difficult task of healing my cancer. They looked after the parts of me that needed to be tended to in order to allow the real healing to begin. Parts of me like my spirit, my sense of humour, my interests, my hopes, my desires -to help me get through the actual treatment, so that I could feel like a life after cancer was possible.”

– Ankit Trivedi

Under Dr. Vijay Ramanan’s able leadership, haematologists, oncologists, physicians, surgeons, nurses, social workers, nutritionists and pathologists work passionately towards ensuring your return to a healthy life.

Dr. Vijay Ramanan

Dr. Vijay Ramanan

Director

Bone marrow Transplant Program

Ruby Hall Clinic

FAQs

A number of misconceptions still exist in India regarding this particular procedure. Listed below are a few myths busted:

Myth: You’ll stay in the hospital for several months if you receive a bone marrow transplant

Fact: With cutting-edge technology and advanced treatments used at our hospital, some bone marrow transplant patients can receive the treatment in a short span of time ranging from a few days to a few weeks depending on the condition treated. The actual transplant is conducted atthe hospital, but much of the follow-up care can be done on an outpatient basis.


Myth: Since family members are related so closely, they will be the best match

Fact: When a bone marrow transplant is being considered, we look at patients’ families first for a match, starting with siblings, who have a 1 in 4 chance of being a close match.But only 30 percent of patients are fortunate enough to find a match within their own family.The vast majority of patients in need of a transplant rely on donors outside their families.


Myth: Donating marrow is really painful

Fact: Registering as a donor is completely painless – many registries require only a cheek swab – and can help save a life. With advancements in technology, the stigma of a painful bone marrow transplant is slowly fading. Donors feel little to no pain during the procedure, and usually feel no more than aches or pains similar to a pulled muscle.