Bone marrow transplants can be lifesaving for people with certain blood-related conditions, or when intensive cancer treatment has damaged blood cells.
A bone marrow transplant is similar to a blood transfusion. However, it can be an intensive procedure, and recovery can take a long time.
The transplant takes place in several sessions over several days and will temporarily compromise the person’s immune system, making them susceptible to infection.
The approximate cost of a bone marrow transplant in India ranges from USD 14,895 to USD 23,938 depending on whether you use a donor or not.
Some people can leave the hospital soon after the transplant, while others need to stay for several weeks or months. The medical team will continue to monitor the person’s recovery for up to 1 year.
Transplants for patients with nonmalignant diseases have a much better success rate at 70 to 90 per cent with a matched sibling donor and 36 to 65 per cent with unrelated donors.
However, survival rates after transplant for patients with malignant diseases in remission are 55 to 68 per cent with related donors and 26 to 50 per cent if the donor is unrelated.