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Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwantpur Announces a Comprehensive Bone Marrow Transplant Service

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Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwantpur Announces a Comprehensive Bone Marrow Transplant Service PR Newswire BANGALORE, June 22, 2012 BANGALORE, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Adding an impetus to the already existing image of Bangalore being a healthcare destination of India, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur (CARHY), announced comprehensive bone marrow transplant (stem cell transplant) service on Thursday. This facility will give hope to many cancer patients in and around Bangalore as there are very few hospitals in South India providing allogeneic transplant, which involves using stem cells from a donor with a similar genetic makeup. The bone marrow transplant (BMT) service will have a team of medical experts including clinical hematologist, oncologist, and other qualified doctors from allied specialties like pediatrics, infectious disease specialist and trained nurses for stem cell transplant, state-of-the-art HEPA filtered room, ICU, 24 hrs blood bank services and radiology services for providing comprehensive care during stem cell transplant. Addressing the media, Dr. Nandakumar Jairam, Chairman and Group Medical Director, Columbia Asia Hospitals, said, "We are happy to announce allogenic bone marrow transplant service at our hospital in Yeshwanthpur, over and above the existing autologous transplant service. This will enhance comprehensive bone marrow transplant treatment delivery; a dire need for the people of Karnataka and neighbouring states.
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Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwantpur
Announces a Comprehensive Bone Marrow
Transplant Service
PR Newswire
BANGALORE, June 22, 2012
BANGALORE, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/
-Adding an impetus to the already existing image ofB angalore being a healthcare
destination of India, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur (CARHY),
announced comprehensive bone marrow transplant (stem cell transplant) service
on Thursday. This facility will give hope to many cancer patients in and aroundB angalore
as there are very few hospitals in South India providing allogeneic transplant, which
involves using stem cells from a donor with a similar genetic makeup.
The bone marrow transplant (BMT) service will have a team of medical experts including
clinical hematologist, oncologist, and other qualified doctors from allied specialties like
pediatrics, infectious disease specialist and trained nurses for stem cell transplant,
stateof-the-art HEPA filtered room, ICU, 24 hrs blood bank services and radiology services for
providing comprehensive care during stem cell transplant.
Addressing the media, Dr. Nandakumar Jairam, Chairman and Group Medical Director,
Columbia Asia Hospitals, said, "We are happy to announce allogenic bone marrow
transplant service at our hospital in Yeshwanthpur, over and above the existing
autologous transplant service. This will enhance comprehensive bone marrow transplant
treatment delivery; a dire need for the people of Karnataka and neighbouring states. This
will also help many international patients who look for such a treatment in India."
"This facility is dedicated to providing end-to-end services including expert counsel from a
clinical hematologist and an entire team of doctors and nurses providing the latest in
medical advances to those suffering from blood cancer and some non-cancerous
conditions affecting the bone marrow," said Dr. Satish, Consultant in Clinical Hematology,
Columbia Asia Hospitals.
"Bone marrow transplant, also called hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT), is a
treatment option for certain cancers. With this launch, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital
Yeshwanthpur becomes one among the very few centers in India to offer allogeneic bone
marrow transplants. Till now, we were doing only autologous transplants which involved
the usage of the patient's own stem cells. Now, we will be able to manage conditions like
high risk leukemia's, myelomas and lymphomas," said Dr Satish.
"Some of the most effective treatments for cancer such as chemotherapy and radiation are
toxic to the bone marrow. The marrow produces different cells that make up the blood
such as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. The stem cells from the bone
marrow are extracted before the administration of high dose chemotherapy and then
reintroduced or transplanted to the patient so that blood cell production process is
reestablished in the bone marrow," added Dr Neelesh Reddy, Consultant Medical Oncology,
Columbia Asia Hospitals.
In fact earlier stem cells were collected only from the bone marrow in the hip bones under
general anesthesia. However with advanced technology and medical supervision stem
cells can now be collected from peripheral blood after giving injections. Stem cells are
then harvested by simple procedure called apheresis, (in the same way as dialysis isdone) and the rest of the blood is returned to the person.

About Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd.
Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd. is one of the first healthcare companies to enter the
country through 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) route.

About Columbia Asia Group of Companies
The Columbia Asia Group is owned by more than 150 private equity companies, fund
management organizations and individual investors. The group currently operates six
multi-specialty community hospitals, one referral hospital and one clinic in India. The
company also operates hospitals in Malaysia (10), Vietnam (3), and Indonesia (1). The
Indian management operations are managed from its office in Bangalore.
www.columbiaasia.com
Primary Media Contact: Kanchana Prasad, kanchana.prasad@columbiaasia.com,
91-8040211000

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