OUR LANDMARK

  • FIRST SUCCESSFUL HAPLO IDENTICAL TRANSPLANT FOR THALASEEMIA IN TAMILNADU DONE IN COIMBATORE HOSPITAL, COIMBATORE. THIS IS A BOON FOR THE THALASEEMIA PATIENTS WITH NO MATCH.
  • Dr Suthanthira Kannan was the first one to start stem cell transplant in Coimbatore.
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  • First advanced laboratory for Leukemia and Stem cell created in COIMBATORE hospital on collaboration with Clinistem Life Sciences and the foundation was laid by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
  • First to start allogenic stem cell transplant in Coimbatore.
  • First double cord transplant in India was done in COIMBATORE hospital, Coimbatore.
  • The centre has proven lowest induction mortality rates (<5%) in Leukemia and (<10%) Stem Cell transplants which is comparable to western standards.
  • First centre to start MINIMAL RESIDUAL SCREENING in Leukemia in Coimbatore.

Blood cancer could be initially treated with chemotherapy and brought under control. But this did not amount to cure. Though sustained chemotherapy could bring cure, some types of blood cancer were best treated through stem cell transplant.

This patient was prepared for an autologous (one's own cells) transplant. To bring the cells out of the bone marrow and into the blood, the patient had to be administered injections.

On August 9, the transplant procedure was carried out by draining five litres of blood from the patient and put through the separation unit. It was processed twice. The stem cells were isolated during this process while the blood was infused into the patient. While preserving the cells for 24 hours under the required low temperature, the patient was put through high dose chemotherapy to kill even the residual cancer cells. The stem cells were then restored in his body.

"There is no operation involved in this five-hour procedure and the patients do not experience any pain at all. The only problem is that the blood cell count drops almost to zero and this requires very intensive management of the patients till they get out of this condition," the doctors said.

 
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