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Featured Image: Doctors and staff during the BMT services launch announcement at Kolkata Press Club on Tuesday. 

Kolkata: THE private Narayana Superspeciality Hospital at Howrah today introduced bone marrow transplant (BMT) services to provide quality cancer care and treatment at an affordable cost in eastern India.

The BMT unit will be headed by a team of six heamato-oncologists. BMT is a medical procedure performed to replace bone marrow damaged or destroyed by disease or during chemotherapy. The procedure is complex and is carried through transfusion of blood into the blood stem cells.

BMT is usually performed after chemotherapy or radiation therapy. There are two types of BMT ~ autologous and allogeneic. Autologous transplant is done by using patient’s own blood cells and does not require a donor; allogeneic based on matching donor.

Commenting on the occasion, Rajib De, consultant-haemato-oncologist and BMT physician at the hospital said: “As haematological disease in eastern India is very high, the availability of BMT services at affordable rates is crucial. This facility will help people of this region get quality care for hematology and haemato-oncology.”