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Stem cell transplant saves little girl with neuroblastoma

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Stem cell transplant saves little girl with neuroblastoma 5
Stem cell transplant saves little girl with neuroblastoma 5

Doctor Phan Thi Thu Trang, Deputy Department of Hematology Oncology, Children’s Hospital 2, on January 28, said that in mid-December 2020, the baby’s hematopoietic stem cells were collected at the City Blood Transfusion and Hematology Hospital.

The baby experiences a number of complications due to chemotherapy to kill the marrow and reduce the body’s protective function when the newly transplanted marrow source has not yet grown, such as liver damage, damage to the digestive tract mucosa, and enteritis.

`The baby recovered very quickly. 10 days after the transplant, the graft grew, there was no infection in any organs, and he was discharged from the hospital earlier than expected,` said Dr. Trang.

On January 28, the patient was active, healthy, and playful with his parents during a follow-up examination at the hospital to monitor the recovery of the hematopoietic system and late complications.

The patient will receive radiation therapy after a few weeks and maintenance drug treatment three months after stem cell infusion to limit the possibility of tumor recurrence.

The patient recovered well after the stem cell transplant and smiled brightly next to his father before being discharged from the hospital.

According to Dr. Trang, autologous blood stem cell transplantation is part of the treatment of some groups of pediatric cancers, especially solid tumors.

Among the groups of solid tumors in Vietnam, neuroblastoma is the most common extra-brain tumor in children.

Doctor Trinh Huu Tung, Director of Children’s Hospital 2, said this is the first autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant performed at the hospital.

According to Dr. Tung, the construction of a stem cell transplant center at the hospital helps pediatric patients have more opportunities to access bone marrow transplant treatment, ensuring pediatric care and resuscitation criteria.

The cost of a transplant is about 200-400 million VND.

Le Phuong

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