Bone Marrow Transplant


NDF supported the first Bone Marrow Transplant in India which was carried out at the Tata Memorial Hospital in 1983.

We now want to catch the bull by its horns and foray into this area head-on. There are only 30% chances of patients finding a suitable donor within their families. Among unrelated people, only one in 20,000 people will be an acceptable match.

In the U.S.A. for every cancer patient they have 3 matching donors prepared whereas in India the citizens are not even remotely aware of a treatment such as Bone Marrow

What is Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT)?

A bone marrow transplant is a procedure to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow with healthy bone marrow stem cells. Bone marrow is the soft, fatty tissue inside your bones.

When you donate bone marrow, you help to make a difference to the lives of patients with blood disorders such as thalassemia and blood cancers such as leukemia. The process to collect bone marrow stem cells is called Leukapheresis. Under this process, the donor is first given 5 days of shots to help stem cells move from the bone marrow into the blood.

During leukapheresis, blood is removed from the donor through an IV line in a vein. The part of white blood cells that contains stem cells is then separated in a machine before being returned to the donor. Research shows that bone marrow stem cells can also be collected from the umbilical cord during childbirth.