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UAE stem cell breakthrough offers hope to blood cancer patients February 16, 2022

The first transplant of frozen stem cells completed in Abu Dhabi patient with Hodgkin lymphoma

Stem cells frozen to almost -200°C have been used for the first time in the UAE in a bone-marrow transplant for a man with blood cancer in Abu Dhabi.

The 41-year-old underwent the procedure at Burjeel Medical City in January and has since left hospital and is recovering well. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that required treatment with chemotherapy.

As this form of therapy usually destroys living stem cells, as well as cancerous ones, doctors removed the stem cells and stored them at exceptionally low temperatures.

They were returned to the patient once his treatment was complete, to grow again and regenerate bone marrow.

UAE milestone set to boost patient care

It is the first time such longer-term cryogenic freezing of healthy cells had been used in the UAE, and could pave the way for more progressive treatments in future.

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