Haematopoietic stem cell transplant (previously known as bone marrow transplant) is also offered by NCIS as a treatment option for various types of blood disorders.
Advances in this field have greatly improved treatment where patients can still receive successful cell transplants without suitable donors. This is made possible through the use of umbilical cord blood cells or by conditioning the cells from previously non-suitable donors so these can be used by the recipients.
What to expect?
There are two main types of stem cell transplant - (1) autologous transplant and (2) allogenic transplant. In autologous transplant, the patient's own stem cells will be used. The stem cells will be collected prior to the transplant and will be frozen and re-infused into the patient after high-dose chemotherapy.
In allogenic transplant, stem cells will come from a donor. The donor can either be a family member or a registered volunteer donor. Human-Leukocyte Antigen Typing (HLA Typing) is required to determine the donor's compatibility for transplant.
Preparing for a stem cell transplant and not sure what to expect? Let us walk you through your stem cell transplant journey.