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With a Life Expectancy of Less than 8%, Three Blood Cancer Patients were Brought Back to Life at Apollo Cancer Institute

  • Three blood cancer patients with below eight per cent survival rate got back their life again at Apollo Cancer Institute, Hyderabad.
  • The three patients, 37-year-old farmer Biswajit Saha, 31-year-old Kavitha and 22-year-old Prathima suffered from a rare stem cell dirorder that was gradually disintegrating the reb blood cells.
  • A bone marrow transplant was successfully conducted on three of them.
  • Biswajit Saha suffered from rare PNH (Paroxysmal Nocturnal Haemoglobinura) which occurs hardly in 1 in 10 lakh people. His brother was a matching donor.
  • Kavitha suffered from both Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Acute Lymphoid Leukemia. 
  • In Kavitha's case, no matching donor was found and the doctors had to settle down for a donor of a different blood group with 90 per cent match.
  • Prathima suffered from aplastic anemia for three years and had low platelet count. 
  • As a suitable donor could not be found in her family, matching stem cells were airlifted from Germany within 24 hours and the transplant was performed.
  • According to Dr. Padmaja Lokireddy, consultant, Haemato Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant, the three patients had the most complex blood disorders for which findind a donor became a bigger challenge.
  • Post the bone marrow transplants, all the three patients has crossed 100 days that is considered as a milestone in the transplant process.

 

Source: Apollo Cancer Institute, Media Update

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