Stem cell transplant unit launched: Health24: Genetics: News

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on August 5, 2010 at 11:42 am
Stem cell transplant unit launched

Created: Thursday, August 05, 2010

The largest stem cell transplant unit in South Africa was launched at a Pretoria hospital this week.

Pretoria, South Africa

Speaking after the official launch on Wednesday night, Jackie Thomson who heads up the Albert Alberts Haemopoitic Stem Cell Transplant Unit at the Netcare Pretoria East Hospital said many potential patients did not realise that transplants could be undertaken in South Africa and therefore travelled abroad for treatment.

Most transplants in Africa

Thomson said the hospital’s unit completes over 80 transplants annually, more than any other country on the continent.

Haemopoitic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the transplantation of blood stem cells from blood or bone marrow in the case of bone marrow transplantation.

It is used for the treatment of diseases of the blood, bone marrow and certain cancers. Thomson is assisted by haematologist David Brittain and paediatric oncologist Dr David Reynders…

via Stem cell transplant unit launched: Health24: Genetics: News.

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