What is Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation?
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) or bone marrow transplantation is a medical treatment done to replace a person’s bone marrow with healthy blood cells.
Stem cells can be changed into different types of cells to replace the damaged hematopoietic stem cells of your body. These cells include RBCs, WBCs, and platelets which are crucial in the normal functioning of the body.
When is Stem Cell Transplant Required?
Hematopoeitic stem cell transplantation is required when the bone marrow is unable to produce healthy blood cells. This can be because of many reasons:
- Bone marrow failure (aplastic anaemia)
- Immune system, blood or metabolic disorders such as thalassaemia, sickle cell anaemia etc.
Depending on the requirement, the method can be used to restore normal cell generation in the bone marrow.
How Much Does a Stem Cell Transplant Cost in India?
In India, the cost of getting a stem cell therapy can range between Rs. 15 lakhs to Rs. 25 lakh depending on the kind of transplant; whether it is an allogenic transplant or an autologous transplant.
Since the success rate of this surgery is high, the surgery has become popular in both metro and non-metro cities and the costs may vary considerably depending on several factors.