Today, there are hundreds of thousands of people around the world who have undergone bone marrow transplantation. Over the years, improved techniques have been developed to make this procedure more successful. Doctors have learned to determine which cancer patients will benefit from bone marrow transplants.
What is bone marrow transplantation?
Bone marrow transplantation is an effective method of treating diseases of the blood system, congenital and acquired immunodeficiencies, autoimmune diseases of the nervous system and connective tissue, as well as certain forms of malignant neoplasms in children and adults. More than 50,000 bone marrow transplants are performed worldwide every year.
Diseases that can be treated with bone marrow transplant
First of all, these are different blood diseases, particularly leukemia. Bone marrow transplant is the only way to treat rare blood diseases, which include thalassemia, sickle cell disease, and some other pathologies.
With aplastic anemia, when the hematopoietic function of the bone marrow is affected, only a stem cell transplant can save the patient’s life. This severe disease can be congenital or acquired, as a result of exposure to a viral infection, chemicals, and certain medications.
The method is also used in the fight against oncological diseases. These include Hodgkin lymphoma and other types of malignant lymphomas. Stem cell transplant is used as an innovative method of treatment, often in case of recurrent disease.
How the bone marrow transplants are performed
First, healthy stem cells are harvested from the patient or donor. After that, chemotherapy or radiation therapy is used to destroy the patient’s stem cells and malignant loci.
The introduction of new stem cells is carried out intravenously. Catheters are used for transplant procedures. The transplanted cells eventually produce new, healthy blood cells.
The first 14 days after the donor’s stem cells transplantation are vital since at this time it becomes clear whether the cells have begun to reproduce new ones, or have been rejected.
Bone marrow transplantation makes it possible not only to achieve long-term and stable remission but in some cases even to recover from a life-threatening illness completely.
The cost of a bone marrow transplant
The prices in hospitals listed on the Booking Health website are relatively low.
However, the cost of treatment varies, as the bone marrow transplantation price depends on the hospital, the specifics of the disease, and the complexity of its treatment.
For example, the cost of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation for Burkitt lymphoma in Germany is 195,000-291,368 EUR, and in Turkey, it is 97,002-198,443 EUR.
To make sure that the overall cost of a bone marrow transplant is suitable for you, you may contact us by leaving the request on the Booking Health website.
How can I undergo bone marrow transplantation during a lockdown?
Many countries have closed their borders following the lockdown regimen, due to the spread of the COVID-19. Thus, undergoing treatment abroad has become more complicated.
In case you need to undergo bone marrow transplantation promptly, to continue your treatment abroad, or to make sure you get the best treatment possible, know that you can still undergo treatment abroad even if your country is in lockdown.
Booking Health can facilitate the arrangement of the bone marrow transplant by providing the following services:
- Communication with the chosen hospital
- Providing patients with up-to-date information about the cost of treatment
- Translation of medical reports
- Solving the issues with receiving a medical visa, even if the request for a visa has been declined
- If due to lockdown the embassy is closed completely, Booking Health resolves the issue through the federal police
- Medical visa extension when it is necessary to continue the treatment abroad
- Flight and accommodation booking
- Interpreting services
You can be free of unnecessary stress, while Booking Health takes care of all organizational issues. To specify any information, leave a request on the Booking Health website, and a medical advisor will contact you shortly.