The bone marrow transplant unit at Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Center (MSCC) situated in Narayana Health City, Bangalore was established in October 2004 by Dr Devi Shetty with a vision to make this treatment affordable to everyone. The unit has completed more than 200 stem cell transplants with approximately 140 of them being allogeneic stem cell transplants. The best example of a non-cancerous disease, which can be completely cured by BMT, is Thalassemia.
The BMT unit at MSCC has been catering to both national and international patients. The hospital has a cord blood facility to collect cord blood units for public banking and usage for cord blood transplants. The BMT Unit at MSCC is also one of the few transplant centres with facility for total body irradiation (TBI) which is used during conditioning for lymphoid malignancies and also in the reduced intensity conditioning transplants.
The faculty at MSCC’s Bangalore Unit consists of a Haematologist, two medical oncologists and one pediatric oncologist. This combined experience makes it a major referral centre for stem cell transplants. Currently the BMT unit has expanded to a 14 bedded unit since June 2012 making it the largest unit in the country.