In Ukraine, 300 bone marrow transplants are planned for 2021

According to Maxim Stepanov, only for 2021 in Ukraine, 300 bone marrow transplants are planned. In addition, the head of the Ministry of Health promised that this index will grow every year.

The Minister of Health of Ukraine Stepanov said that “on April 23, a patient was discharged from the Kyiv Bone Marrow Transplant Center who underwent a unique operation a month ago – a bone marrow transplant from a relative.”

Brother saved his brother’s life. The patient is 18-year-old Oleksandr Tsymbalyuk from Prykarpattia. The donor is his 20-year-old brother, Stepanov said.

The head of the Ministry of Health said that “in December 2020, Alexander was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia. The only option for him to recover was a bone marrow transplant.”

“His older brother literally sacrificed a part of himself to give a chance for the life to a relative,” said Stepanov.

The Minister announced that “Ukrainian doctors did an excellent job, despite the fact that such an operation was last performed in our country 13 years ago due to the lack of specific equipment.”

According to Stepanov, “all this time, patients who needed a bone marrow transplant were sent abroad, where such an operation costs 3.5 million hryvnias.” At the same time, in Ukraine it will cost 1.36 million hryvnias.

“During 2021, 300 bone marrow transplants are planned in Ukraine. This number will grow every year,” Stepanov promised.

In Ukraine, about 1,000 patients need hematopoietic stem cell transplant each year, that is better known as bone marrow transplant. In addition to bone marrow, hematopoietic stem cells can also be isolated from umbilical cord blood.

Diseases in which hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is indicated are leukemias, lymphomas, some forms of cancer, congenital immunodeficiencies, metabolic diseases, radiation sickness. It is estimated that out of 1,000 patients who need such a transplant, 200-300 patients can be treated with cells from a family member, but at least 100-200 patients are indicated only a non-family transplant from a stranger.

Umbilical cord blood is often a real lifesaver for patients who have not been able to find a compatible bone marrow donor, as the chances of finding a compatible graft are sometimes 1 for 1,000,000.

Ukrainian parents have the opportunity to store the umbilical cord blood of their newborns in private biobanks. The first licensed cryobank in Ukraine, established at the Institute of Cell Therapy, has been providing such a service since 2003. In the developed countries of the world, public umbilical cord blood banks also operate widely at the expense of state funding.

Source: and data of the Association of Cryobanks