By Patrick Paul, CEO, DKMS BMST Foundation India
CHENNAI: Blood stem cell transplant is a lifesaving treatment for patients with blood cancer and other blood disorders like Thalassemia & Aplastic Anemia.
In India, the burden of blood related disorders is continuously rising with almost lakh new cases of blood cancer every year.
In India only 0.04 per cent of the total population is registered as a potential blood stem cell donor which is significantly lower than many other countries.
Hence, the chances of finding a matching donor for Indian patients is as little as 10-15 per cent in comparison to western countries where the chances are as high as 60-70 per cent.