WHAT ARE BLOOD DISEASES?
There are many illnesses treated by bone marrow transplants. This section focuses on 2 main areas: blood cancers and disorders. Your doctor will also be able to tell you more about the conditions, and advise you accordingly. Every patient is different, and treatments for each condition vary.
For certain conditions such as Acute Myelogeneous Leukaemia (AML), Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), the need for a transplant is mostly determined by the likelihood of the disease returning – which is affected by the patient’s general health, some of the leukaemia’s features, and the risk factors.
Whereas for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma, factors including age, overall health, stage and growth speed of the disease will determine the risks and benefits of having a transplant. The doctor will thus determine whether a transplant is an option.
There are three main groups of blood cancer: leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. So when people talk about ‘blood cancer’ it could be any of these that affect the blood, lymphatic system and bone marrow. Unfortunately, blood cancer affects many people.+ READ MORE
There are more than 70 blood disorders treatable by a bone marrow transplant, for more information about your condition, do check with your doctor. This section includes 3 blood disorders.+ READ MORE
When it comes to deciding on the best treatment, it all depends on what type of blood disease you have, how advanced and aggressive it is and your general health. Your doctor will suggest the most effective course of treatment for you.
Common treatments are chemotherapy, radiotherapy and, in some cases, a stem cell or bone marrow transplant.
This is where we can help.
Getting a bone marrow transplant
A life-threatening diagnosis such as leukaemia or lymphoma can be devastating; patients and their loved ones are unsure of what to do or where to turn to for help. The resources here are intended to provide information for newly diagnosed patients whose doctors advise them that they will need a bone marrow transplant.
FAQs for patients
Finding a match
The search process is activated immediately the BMDP receives a request for the transplant centre containing the details of Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) markers of the patient. These HLA markers are found in almost every cell of the body and are used to identify a matching donor for each patient.
The new blood stem cells can be donated from someone else – either from an adult donor’s blood or bone marrow or from umbilical cord.+ READ MORE
Preparing for Transplant
CHOOSING A TRANSPLANT CENTRE
In Singapore, Bone Marrow Transplants are currently offered at six local hospitals and more details can be found on their respective websites.
Singapore General HospitalHaematology CentreOutram Road
Block 7 Level 2
Tel: +65 6321 4722
National University Hospital
5 Lower Kent Ridge Road
Department Haematology – Oncology
National University Children’s Medical Institute
KK Women’s and Children’s HospitalDepartment of Paediatric Subspecialists100 Bukit Timah Road
Tel: +65 6225 5554
Mount Elizabeth – OrchardHaematology & Stem Cell Transplant Centre
3 Mount Elizabeth
Tel: +65 6737 2666
Mount Elizabeth – Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road
#05-50 to 55
Tel: +65 6684 5522
Children’s Haematology & Cancer Centre
585 North Bridge Road
Tel: +65 6311 2300