Bone marrow transplantation can be of two types: autologous (the patient is transplanted with their healthy stem cells) and allogeneic (the stem cell transplantation from a donor).
The exact type of transplantation is prescribed to the patient depending on the diagnosis.
According to the conditions of the autologous transplantation, the patient is connected to the blood separator that cleans and selects healthy cells into a collection of cells. Collected healthy cells are not transfused immediately: first, bone marrow, affected by cancer cells, must be killed. Chemotherapy can last from a few weeks, and all this time healthy cells need to be kept in proper storage.
The collection of cells is stored in a cryobank to keep the cells in their original form. In addition to the stem cells, frozen tumor cells are kept in storage to compare their different types, as well as the girls’ eggs so that they could have children in future when they grow up.
With our partners Soleterre ONLUS and Fondazione Rosa Pristina, we recently bought a cryo storage facility for the new bone marrow transplant department in the Western Ukrainian Specialized Children’s Medical Center (ZUSDMC) in Lviv.
With the cryo storage, the ZUSDMC becomes a unique medical institution that will introduce innovative technologies for the recovery of young patients and would significantly influence the treatment of oncological and oncohematological pathologies in Western Ukraine.
We are always grateful to our partners Soleterre ONLUS and Fondazione Rosa Pristina, that always support us. During their last visit to Lviv, they assured once again us that they will continue promoting the development of Ukrainian medicine for the sake of its future.