- Team of eight doctors including haematologists, haemato-oncologists and stem cell transplant team.
- Completed over 800 bone marrow transplants.
- 22-bedded transplant unit
- Outcomes driven by global protocols (10 percent mortality).
- One of the largest centres for multiple sclerosis, sickle cell and aplastic anaemia treatment
- Global standard of infection control practises
- One of the few centres performing matched unrelated donor transplant for thalassemia
- 40 percent long term outcome data for haploidentical transplant
- Already treating patients from 18 different countries - first Indian hospital to do a BMT transplant from Trinidad & Tobago
The Department of Haematology, Paediatric Haemoto-oncology & Bone Marrow Transplantation at Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) provides broad-ranging, integrated and patient-centric services for the diagnosis and management of all kinds of blood disorders in adults and children, including cancers of the blood.
Backed by an extensive team of experienced hematologists, the Department strives to become the most sought after center for the diagnosis & management of benign and malignant hematological disorders, laboratory hematological services and blood transfusion services.
Experts at the Department are experienced at treating different conditions including:
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Immune Deficiency Disorders
- Thalassemia Major
- Autoimmune Disease
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia
- Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
- Multiple Myeloma
- Clotting Disorders
- Bleeding Disorders
- Paediatric Solid Tumours (Ewings / Osteosarcomas / Neuroblastomas)
The Department always remains at the forefront of existing methods and advancements in haematology services, making for a dynamic, efficient and self-reliant center with a wide array of specialisation.
Our highly qualified multidisciplinary team is comprised of adult haematologists and paediatric haemato-oncologists that offer treatment of and research into complex blood disorders. Moreover, our constant quest to advance our knowledge and methods puts us at the extreme edge of what is possible, making for a dynamic team offering services of superlative clinical quality.
We are proud of our highest standards of patient care, which lies at the heart of all our activities. Our supportive services are second to none, making our steadfast and highly specialized center a place of contentment for patients suffering from any kind of blood disorder.
HSCT for Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.
HSCT is now a scientifically proven treatment, that has shown positive results to halt disease progression of Multiple Sclerosis. It is not a new procedure as such, as it has been used to treat cancer since the 1960’s, but it is a relatively new treatment for MS. The aim of AHSCT is to ‘reset’ the immune system to stop it from attacking the central nervous system. The procedure involves removing the harmful immune cells that attack the brain and spinal cord in MS, and then uses a person’s own stem cells to effectively re-grow the immune system. The aim is that re-booting the immune system in this way will prevent further damage in the brain and spinal cord.
The method for Autologous stem cell transplant for MS which is followed in Fortis Hospital comprises of Cyclosphosphamide and ATG. These agents act as lymphoablative drugs.
The total duration of uncomplicated stay in in India is about 24 to 28 days and the best part is that patients are managed on an inpatient basis in our world class hospital at Gurgaon near the New Delhi, the capital of India.
How does the HSCT Treatment Work?
The goal of AHSCT is to reset the patient’s immune system to stop it from attacking nerve cells in your body. During the treatment, doctors collect bone marrow stem cells from the blood and freeze them. The faulty immune system is then destroyed using chemotherapy. The thawed-out stem cells are re-infused into the patient’s blood to reboot the immune system.
Recent studies have shown that in patient’s e with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, AHSCT was linked to a significant reduction in disability on average. Eighty percent of the people treated who were followed for 4 years had no more relapses, and 87% had no worsening of their level of disability.
HSCT Medical Team At Fortis Memorial Research Hospital, India
Dr Rahul Bhargava MD, DM (Hematology) AIIMS
Head & Senior Consultant – Hematology- Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant.
Dr. Rahul Bhargava has pioneered HSCT for MS in India and is known for excellent patient outcomes and this has earned him the reputation of being among the best of his generation in this field of specialisation. He has trained Christian Medical College, Vellore – a centre widely regarded as the cradle of hematology and bone marrow transplantation in India – under the famed Prof. Mammen Chandy, he then moved to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi for a formal three-year superspecialist degree of DM in Clinical Hematology. Subsequently, Dr. Bhargava was selected for a fellowship in Vancouver, Canada, and underwent specific training in voluntary stem cell and umbilical cord transplantation. The Hematology and HSCT facility set up by him at Fortis Hospital is truly word class and has its own transplantation unit and extensive laboratory facilities, providing cutting-edge clinical skills and the latest in technology at affordable costs for transplantation and other hematological services. Till date, Dr. Bhargava has performed close to 300 bone marrow transplants
Dr. Praveen Gupta MD, DM (Neurology)
Director & Head – Neurology
Dr. Praveen Gupta is among th emost renowned and experienced specialists in India and has established Neurology practice in three large corporate hospitals before he joined Fortis Hospitals.He has to his credit the achievment of starting first stroke centre in Gurgaon and first to use solitaire for mechanical thrombolysis also started DBS in Gurgaon and DBS for epilepsy in Asia. He is frequently invited speaker at National and International conferences. Dr Gupta is the Director and Head of Fortis Neuroscience centre that provides most advanced intervention management of stroke, stroke rehabilitation, cerebral palsy, advanced second line management for multiple scelerosis, epileptic surgery, DBS surgery for Parkinson patients.
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Why would you see a BMT specialist?
BMT is not a surgery, it involves collecting stem cells from a donor (in case of allogeneic transplant) or from self (in case of autologous transplant) and then returning it back to the patient.
What will Bone Marrow Transplant doctor do on the first visit?
First visit usually involves interacting between patient and BMT Physician, understanding the procedure of transplant, chances of success etc.
When are you referred to a Bone Marrow Transplant doctor?
When your chances of achieving cure from your disease are higher with BMT than any other therapy, then you are referred for BMT. Usually this involves acute leukemia, aplastic anemia, multiple myeloma, various types of lymphoma, various types of auto immune disease etc.
What kind of tests do Bone Marrow Transplant doctor do?
Simple blood tests, HLA tests etc.