Haplo Identical Stem Cell Transplant
Haploidentical Cell Transplant has accentuated the treatment process and has given patients a chance to fight even the deadliest of ailments. In order to increase the pool of potential donors, a modified version of stem cell transplant called haploidentical stem cell bone marrow transplant was developed. In this method, any first-degree relative including a parent, sibling or child can be a donor. However, donors for a haploidentical transplant need not be a near total HLA match. They can be only a 50 percent match to the recipient. Also, haploidentical transplants can be performed quickly as relatives are able to donate on a short notice, as compared to traditional unrelated donor transplants which may take more time.
When does the transplant take place?
A pain free process, the transplant normally takes place one day after the conditioning therapy. The stem cells are passed as a small bag of liquid through a tube into the bloodstream.
What does a haploidentical transplant involve?
A haploidentical bone marrow transplant in India involves different types of conditioning therapy and extra chemotherapy after the transplant is complete. Extra infusions of WBCs (white blood cells) called lymphocytes is also done before or after the transplant.
How much is the recovery time?
The patient is required to be in hospital for about 3 to 4 weeks after the transplant in an isolated location with doors closed.