Monday, 29 June 2009

Royal Perth Hospital offers new hope for leukaemia patients

LEUKAEMIA patients with rare bone marrow types may be able to receive bone marrow transplants from only partially compatible donors thanks to research being undertaken at Royal Perth Hospital.

Dr Bree Foley is working on the research, originally pioneered in a clinical trial in Italy in 2002. Unlike a standard bone marrow transplant, which replaces the patient’s leukemic bone marrow with uninfected but otherwise identical bone marrow, the research Dr Foley is working on allows marrow with the correct kind of partial match to be used instead.

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