STEM CELL TRANSPLANTS, A REALITY IN MEXICO

More than a thousand IMSS beneficiaries received definitive treatment to reduce serious illnesses

The cure of lymphomas multiple myeloma, leukemias, and multiple sclerosis, is a reality at the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), thanks to stem cell transplants, which benefited a thousand 141 right-holders, at La Raza Hospital.

This was highlighted in the First Academic Day on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Unit (TCTH) of this High Specialty Medical Unit (UMAE) that is celebrated on November 2.

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These procedures, which are performed in the modalities known as autologous, allogeneic and haploidentical, have proven to be the most effective in curing malignant diseases of the blood, as well as of neurological origin, the most frequent in adults.

This session, opened by the Head of Teaching and Academic Research, Javier Jara Quezada, was attended by hematologists from the pioneer team, Roberto Ovilla, Jorge Vela and Francisco José Tripp, in which it was recalled that the beginning of this program arose from the need for preventing the death of those with blood cancer.

The Coordinator of the TCTH Unit, Guadalupe Rodríguez González, stressed that in all IMSS hospitals there has been an increase in these transplants, with stem cells from last year; For example, 70 percent of productivity in La Raza is autologous and 30 percent is allogeneic.

He added that by gender, 60 percent of the patients are young men; More than 50 percent are under 50 and 23 percent are over 60 years of age.

Dr. Rodríguez González talked about the evolution of the service, which was born in the General Hospital of La Raza and then went to the Specialty Hospital; where he currently has a Therapeutic Apheresis Unit, the only one that exists at the IMSS level and in the country.

He highlighted that from 2012 to 2016, 27,500 patients with lymphoma were treated, and of these only 154 patients were transplanted; lymphoma is the pathology that is most attended; multiple myeloma is increasing; while the greatest demand for consultation is due to leukemia.

He said that since 1998 the unit in charge performs peripheral blood transplants; more than 80 percent of these were performed between 1989 and 2017 and the rest were bone marrow. Syndromes of marrow failure have obtained good results with peripheral blood, he said.

He recognized the work of the Blood Bank of CMN La Raza, which supports the unit in the transportation of cells; In addition to collaborating with its preservation, since 2008. 

Source: reporteindigo.com

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