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Joint Effort to Provide a First for Austin-Area Patients with Blood Disorders

Publication: KLBJ-AM, Austin

A collaboration between several Central Texas health care facilities will bring to Austin a service that could help patients with potentially life-threatening blood disorders.  KLBJ's Perry Watson has details.

Additional information regarding the new program:

During bone marrow transplantation, blood-forming stem cells from bone marrow, umbilical cord blood or peripheral blood are infused into the patient to restore the body’s ability to produce blood and immune cells. Prior to the procedure, patients receive high doses of radiation and/or chemotherapy to treat the underlying disease and prepare for the transplant. The transplant, which is similar to a blood infusion, lasts 10 minutes to three hours, depending on the quantity and type of cells that are transplanted.

“We look forward to providing exceptional clinical care for patients with blood cancers in this region by ensuring that they receive the same level of treatment currently offered in larger cities without having to leave Austin,” Carlos R. Bachier, M.D., program director of the Adult and Pediatric Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Program at the Texas Transplant Institute, as well as the medical director of the new bone marrow transplant program, said. “The new center at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center will allow us to bring the best practices of the Texas Transplant Institute to patients in Austin.”

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