Project #8491

Research and treatment of child cancer in Brazil

by GRAACC - Support Group for Adolescents and Children with Cancer
Oct 25, 2011

GRAACC performs bone marrow transplant with cord American.

Pipe, patients who received bone marrow U.S.
Pipe, patients who received bone marrow U.S.

GRAACC performs transplants from umbilical cord brought the U.S.

A new life after transplant

At 8 years old, Gustavo Gomes Pepi, patient GRAACC´s Hospital, faced a new step in the treatment of leukemia, he performed for over two years: the need for a bone marrow transplant. No compatible donor marrow banks in Brazil, the option was to seek in another country. The raw material came from St. Louis University in Missouri, USA. "We do not measure much less work and cost of saving lives", says Prof. Dr. Sergio Petrilli - medical superintendent of the Pediatric Oncology Institute (IOP). Hospital GRAACC which operates in partnership, technical and scientific, with the UNIFESP.

The patient was entered by GRAACC the National Registry of Bone Marrow Recipients (REREME), controlled by the National Cancer Institute (INCA), which seeks donors in national and international banks. "The transplant was successful. Pepi is currently the only hospital for hydration and medications", says Dr. Flavio Zecchin - pediatric oncologist GRAACC.

This was another successful experience of the hospital, fighting one of the most common types of tumors among children. To perform the procedures, the hospital has GRAACC Laboratory Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT), which stores the harvested marrow donor before being received by patients.

The marrow donation is a simple process and realized voluntarily. After sign up on the National Register of Bone Marrow Donors, check the compatibility of the volunteer with patients waiting for bone marrow. If it is compatible, undergoes a procedure a collecting bone marrow, and was discharged the same day. The patient, receive the bone marrow along with the serum and the medicament intravenously. "It's very important that people know it´s simple to donate bone marrow and can save many lives", says Dr. Valeria Cortez Ginan, Medical Laboratory GRAACC BMT.


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GRAACC - Support Group for Adolescents and Children with Cancer

Location: Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Tammy Allersdorfer
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Brazil

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