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5 Reasons Why People Choose Bone Marrow Transplant in Israel

Nowadays, bone marrow transplantation is a widely accepted treatment for many blood cancers and non-malignant disorders. More than 50,000 transplants are performed worldwide every year, and this number is increasing. To date, over one million bone marrow transplants have been performed around the globe.

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The Goal of the Transplant

Bone marrow transplant is provided in Israel for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and certain autoimmune disorders. The goals vary depending on the particulars of each individual case but typically include curing or controlling the disease, prolonging life, and enhancing the quality of life. With the right bone marrow match, a transplant can cure cancer or put it into remission.

Cancers of the blood and the conventional therapies used to treat them – chemotherapy, radiation therapy – can damage the bone marrow, hindering its ability to produce life-sustaining blood cells. Not only can a bone marrow transplant replace the destroyed bone marrow cells with healthy ones, but it can also help to treat specific types of cancer directly. That’s because the donated cells can sometimes recognize and kill cancer cells better than the patient’s original immune cells.

World-Class Doctors

You’ll benefit from international experts, including hematologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists who customize each patient’s treatment for optimal results. Prof. Arnon Nagler, Director of the Division of Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplants at Sheba Medical Center, is a pioneer of new approaches for both malignant and non-malignant blood disorders, and he has been working in the field for over 25 years. Along with being the recipient of many prestigious awards and the lead investigator on more than 15 clinical trials, he is widely published and a highly demanded speaker.

Premier Experience

At the Hemato-Oncology Division of Sheba Medical Center – the largest of its kind in Israel – our physicians have performed over 2,000 bone marrow transplants. Sheba’s facilities support the hospital’s extensive experience providing bone marrow transplants, with 25 private patient rooms, an outpatient treatment unit, patient clinic, clinical laboratory, cell therapy, and immunotherapy unit, apheresis cell collection and freezing service, and research laboratory.

Patient-focused Care

A multidisciplinary team provides compassionate, customized care for each individual. A personal coordinator from the International Medical Tourism Division provides assistance with all parts of the treatment process, including travel and accommodations.

Access to Bone Marrow Cells

Sheba Medical Center is a member of the National Marrow Program. Therefore, if a genetically suitable bone marrow transplant donor cannot be located, appropriate cells from this data bank of unrelated donors may be used.

Leading-edge Technologies

Sheba Medical Center uses a state-of-the-art HLA laboratory and an on-site molecular laboratory to find the perfect bone marrow match.

Ivan’s Life-Saving Transplant at Sheba Medical Center

Ivan Egorov, a young boy, was diagnosed with leukemia in Russia and needed a bone marrow transplant. After his family led a global search to identify the best medical facility for this advanced procedure, his mother decided on the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic at Sheba Medical Center. Ivan underwent a bone marrow transplant in Israel, and the donor cells survived.
Ivan, a child, years after bone marrow transplant holding a trophy and signed football.
“Dreams come true; don’t be afraid to dream,” said Yulia, his mother.

It has now been almost eight years since Ivan’s bone marrow transplant in Israel, and now, nothing reminds his family of the disease. He is an active boy, a champion Sambo wrestler with many medals and awards to his name.

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Finding a Bone Marrow Match in Israel

There are two types of transplants, categorized according to the source of the donor marrow.

  • Autologous Transplants: Your cells are used, typically harvested from peripheral blood that is frozen and preserved before you receive any cancer treatments. This type of transplant is used when no donor can be located, or when the patient’s clinical condition isn’t suitable for a donor transplant.
  • Allogeneic Transplants: cells are sourced from a bone marrow donor who is genetically suitable. Ideally, the donor should be an HLA-matched sibling or relative. When patients don’t have a family donor, Sheba doctors can access the data bank of the National Marrow Program to locate an unrelated donor. Additionally, in lieu of a perfect donor match, a mismatched allogeneic transplant may sometimes be performed with specially refined cells.
3d illustration of lymphocytes and a latched cancer cell.

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