All News

What are Blood Stem Cells? Let’s bust some myths

Every 35 seconds, someone somewhere in the world is diagnosed with blood cancer. In India, every year more than 1,00,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancer or a blood disorder with their only hope for survival being a blood stem cell transplant from a matching donor.

Last updated: 06/02/2021

Every 35 seconds, someone somewhere in the world is diagnosed with blood cancer. In India, every year more than 1,00,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancer or a blood disorder with their only hope for survival being a blood stem cell transplant from a matching donor.

These statistics are not only heart-breaking but also gives us an insight into the prevalence of the condition in people from all walks of life. DKMS-BMST aims to give hope to these patients by connecting blood stem cell donors to recipients that are in need of an unrelated matching blood stem cell transplant. But before we dive into the details of our mission, let’s talk about the basics of blood stem cells.

Normal blood cells v/s leukemia cells

As indicated by their name, blood stem cells are mother cells that are able to develop into many different cell types. These cells produce red and white blood cells, as well as platelets. They are the building blocks of many important functions that promote blood circulation in your body. These stem cells may remain non-dividing for long periods of time until they are activated by a normal need for more blood cells to maintain and repair tissues. When affected by any type of blood cancer, the body loses the ability to multiply important cells and fight infection. This is where blood stem cell donation can help improve the body’s ability to improve the chances of recovery and place the patients on a path to living a full life.

Due to the complex nature of stem cells, there are myths that elude us from understanding their potential in the treatment of blood cancer. One such myth is that stem cells only come from embryos whereas, in reality, blood stem cells are found in the body throughout our lives. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue inside your bones that produces blood stem cells. These blood stem cells also exist in your bloodstream, where they are called peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC).

saving lives

Donation and transplantation of blood stem cells have reached exciting levels of accuracy and impact in the 21st century to help patients fight blood cancer and blood disorders in an effective way. With improved technology and facility, this type of treatment is gaining popularity to change the way we help patients of blood cancer or blood disorder.

Join the team today and stand a chance to save a life!

Help us to register even more lifesavers

We’d love it if you could help us to get more people on the registry and thus give new hope for life to many blood cancer patients.