Bone Marrow Transplants



India is one of the few countries that are up-to-date in their research and technologic developments when it comes to cancer treatments. With state of the art technology and latest drugs available in the market, one can expect to receive the best mode of treatment personalised for that individual, taking into account the medical history, ethnicity, income range and many other facets. The medical specialists in India are trained to attend to a wide variety of cases day in and day out and can offer their expert advice and services to the patient.

Some of the most famous and well-known hospitals for cancer therapy are in Delhi and Chennai.


Fortis Memorial Research Institute

This hospital, located in two of the most developed states of the country, is an NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers) certified multi-speciality hospital which is well known for its advancement in cancer therapy. The hospital’s oncology department follows multi-modality and trans-disciplinary approach to treat their patients. They are key diagnostic and treatment centres for paediatric and adult oncology. They specialize in onco-surgery, haematology, bone marrow transplant and radiation oncology.

  • Cancer Screening Programme
  • Robotic Surgery
  •  Paediatric Oncology and Haematology
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Programme
  • Tumour Board & Group Tumour Board
  • Hopes Program (Helping Our Patients and Families through Education and Support)
  • Psycho-Social Counselling
  • Follow-Up & Management of Recurrence


First off, let us see what bone marrow really is.

 It is a soft, spongy material that fills our bones. This material helps in forming cells which make our blood cells, namely red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. They are called Haematopoietic cells.

Now, why do we need bone marrow transplant?

Some cancers and other blood related diseases (like leukaemia, sickle cell anaemia, bone marrow aplasia, lymphomas and multiple myeloma) prevent the normal development of bone marrow. This leads to the depletion of the blood cells in our body. To replenish this, bone marrow transplants are used. Nowadays, bone marrow is not the only source of “stem cell”. Hence, these transplants can also be called stem cell transplants/therapy.

What are the types of bone marrow transplants available in India?

There are two main types that have been developed:

  • AUTO TRANSPLANT or autologous transplant:

Here the patient’s own bone marrow cells are taken before therapy, frozen and re-introduced through IV tubes into their system once the chemotherapy or radiotherapy is completed.

  • ALLO TRANSPLANT or allogenic transplant:

In this type of treatment, a donor who’s bone marrow closely matches the patient’s is chosen for the bone marrow transplant. If the doctors are unable to find well-matched donor, there are two other options: stem cells from umbilical cord blood and parent-child transplant where stem cells are grafted from parent, child, brother or sister.

Once the blood picture shows normal levels of blood counts, the transplant is deemed to have been successful.


One of the main advantages for medical tourists is the cost factor in India. Treatment is very economic yet qualitative in the country. A rough estimate shows that a single bone graft can begin at $12,250 in India whereas the same in the U.S is around $350,000 which is easily more than ten times the cost.


Many foreign patients will be wondering if it is necessary for them to physically be present for a consultation. Keeping in mind the hectic lifestyles and the patient’s mental state, Indian hospitals offer online consultation facilities.

Online chats:

Arvene healthcare offers online chat facility where one can get their queries answered instantaneously with just a simple text on the chat box.

Call a doctor:

With all the latest technologies available at the tip of our hands, expert consultancy can be received by a phone call or videocall to clear doubts and to help the patient in progressing with the treatment.

Free consultation and second opinions:

If you are worried about the treatment plans and have questions regarding any of the steps in receiving the treatment, our team of doctors are always ready to help and guide you with a second opinion free of cost online or over a call.

Posted by, Cancer Rounds Team
April 10, 2019