Stem cell transplantation was the only possibility as this particular leukemia carries an extremely poor prognosis at this age group
Bangalore: Narayana Hrudayalaya – Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre has successfully treated a 6-month old girl with Infantile Leukemia through ‘Unrelated stem cell transplantation’, for the first time in Karnataka.
Stem cell transplantation was the only possibility in this case as this particular leukemia carries an extremely poor prognosis at this age group with the survival rate as low as 10%. The baby being the only child, finding a stem cell donor was difficult. A matched unrelated donor was found in USA after a period of 2-3 months from the registry of National Marrow donor program.
Stem cell transplant is a process by which new cells are introduced into damaged tissue in order to treat disease or injury. This has shown promise in treating various kinds of diseases, including few types of cancers. Infantile Leukemia is one such type of cancer that can be treated through transplant without any repercussion.