SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack performs 105th BMT procedure on patient with relapsed cancer – Reuters


By Express press service

CUTTACK: SCB Medical College and Hospital took an important step here by performing a complicated bone marrow transplant (BMT) procedure in its hematology department on Thursday. The BMT special unit, launched in February 2014, carried out its 105th intervention on Ramakanta Pradhan (51), a relapsed blood cancer patient from Vyasanagar in Jajpur district.

The patient who has been diabetic and has been taking insulin since 2012, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a type of blood cancer) was treated with chemotherapy from six months in 2019.

Unfortunately, the cancer relapsed in August 2021 following which he again underwent chemotherapy for three months, the same year. He was being treated at a hospital in Bengaluru, which advised BMT as a last resort.

However, the estimated cost of BMT would have been Rs 15-20 lakh which Pradhan could not afford. The government of Odisha stepped in and facilitated BMT for free at SCB MCH.

The head of the hematology department, Professor Rabindra Kumar Jena, said the patient was assessed for BMT as per protocol and the stem cells were collected and stored in cryopreservation for eight days this month.

The complicated BMT was performed Thursday at 11 a.m. by an expert team led by Prof. Jena and comprising Dr. S Sethy, Dr. RK Nayak, Dr. MM Biswal, Dr. DJ Prusty, Prof. Smita Mohapatra, from Prof. Mr. Pattanaik and Dr. Sarat Kumar Parida.

SCB MCH is the only public hospital in the country to perform 105 BMT procedures. It has attained the second highest number of BMT procedures conducted in East India after Tata Medical Center, Kolkata.

“The state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is committed to providing the best treatment for free to people here. Free BMT at SCB MCH has been a boon for cancer patients blood and saved many lives. We have a high survival rate record than any other hospital in the country,” Prof Jena said.

CUTTACK: SCB Medical College and Hospital took an important step here by performing a complicated bone marrow transplant (BMT) procedure in its hematology department on Thursday. The BMT special unit, launched in February 2014, carried out its 105th intervention on Ramakanta Pradhan (51), a relapsed blood cancer patient from Vyasanagar in Jajpur district. The patient who has been diabetic and has been taking insulin since 2012, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a type of blood cancer) was treated with chemotherapy from six months in 2019. Unfortunately, the cancer relapsed in August 2021 following which he again underwent chemotherapy for three months, the same year. He was being treated at a hospital in Bengaluru, which advised BMT as a last resort. However, the estimated cost of BMT would have been Rs 15-20 lakh which Pradhan could not afford. The government of Odisha stepped in and facilitated BMT for free at SCB MCH. The head of the hematology department, Professor Rabindra Kumar Jena, said the patient was assessed for BMT as per protocol and the stem cells were collected and stored in cryopreservation for eight days this month. The complicated BMT was performed Thursday at 11 a.m. by an expert team led by Prof. Jena and comprising Dr. S Sethy, Dr. RK Nayak, Dr. MM Biswal, Dr. DJ Prusty, Prof. Smita Mohapatra, from Prof. Mr. Pattanaik and Dr. Sarat Kumar Parida. SCB MCH is the only public hospital in the country to perform 105 BMT procedures. It has attained the second highest number of BMT procedures conducted in East India after Tata Medical Center, Kolkata. “The state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is committed to providing the best treatment for free to people here. Free BMT at SCB MCH has been a boon for cancer patients blood and saved many lives. We have a high survival rate record than any other hospital in the country,” Prof Jena said.

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