A New Survey Suggests That There is an Improvement in the Survival Rates for Stem Cell Treatment Patients
One of the most common stem cell treatments being done today is the bone marrow transplant. This is where the bone marrow is extracted for its stem cells, preserved for a couple of days, then it is transplanted back into the patient.
That being said, a recent survey suggests that there is a steady increase in the survival rates of patients who receive blood stem cell (bone marrow) transplants.
The survey was spearheaded by Dr. Hahn, a Member and Associate professor of Oncology in RCPI’s own Department of Medicine, but it the study was actually done by multiple professors, particularly from members of the bone marrow registry as well as the CIBMTR (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research) and NMDP (National Marrow Donor Program).
According to Dr. Hahn, they’ve pooled all of the people who have been registered in the database of both the NMDP and the medical college of Wisconsin which consists of roughly 330,000 patients.
In the survey, they looked closely at all of the accounts of the patients to see how the transplants have succeeded without a hitch.
When bone marrow transplants were first popularized in the medical fields, there were a number of failed attempts. In some cases, either the transplant was rejected by the patient’s body or that the transplanted stem cells didn’t do anything significant that helped the person heal.
However, with subsequent transplants, the scientists have found that there is a steady improvement in terms of blood stem cell transplants all across America.
These treatments were primarily used in patients who had Leukemia, Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, AML, MDS, and ALL.
Why is This Finding Significant?
The finding also tells them that blood stem cell transplants have become quite successful and there is a very little chance of it failing as doctors all across America have found a way to successfully do the transplantation process without a hitch.
Possible Reasons for the Success
One of the possible reasons as to why there is a steady improvement in stem cell transplantation is due to the reduced intensity of prior chemotherapy sessions.
By reducing the intensity of the cancer-killing drugs, patients are more receptive to the transplants and thus, it has been declared a successful operation.
Again, this gives people who have blood-related disorders hope that one day, they will be free from these diseases.