Army hospital performs rare bone marrow transplant
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 00:00

Jammu: In a rare cancer treatment, an army
hospital in Jammu and Kashmir successfully performed the bone
marrow transplant of a 50-year-old serving soldier suffering
from multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells.

Northern Command Hospital based at Udhampur, 66 kms from
here, has successfully performed bone marrow transplant in a
cancer patient, becoming the first institution in the state to
offer the specialised treatment, an army spokesman said today.

The transplant was carried out on October 29 and the
patient is responding positively, Northern Command spokesman
Major S K Rathi said, adding the patient was treated with
chemotherapy at the hospital and after the disease was brought
under control, autologous stem cell transplant was performed.

A team of medical personnel led by Lt Col (Dr) Tarun
Verma, Clinical Haematologist performed the transplant
procedure in collaboration with the Regional Cancer Centre and
department of transfusion medicine of Government Medical
College here, he said.

A bone marrow transplantation consists of destroying the
diseased bone marrow with chemotherapy and replacing it with
normally functioning marrow cells. It is a highly specialised
procedure, performed in a handful of transplant centres in the

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 00:00

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