Stem Cell Transplantation Centre Opens in Varna

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A new stem cell transplantation centre opened on Monday in the St. Marina hospital in Varna, reports the bTV national channel.

It is the most up-to-date in Bulgaria and is expected to partially solve the shortage of such treatment of patients with oncological diseases.

According to the head of the heaematology clinic of the St. Marina hospital, Riana Gercheva, the stem cell treatment often is a life-saving procedure for cancer patients whose bone marrow has been severely damaged by chemotherapy.

According to the deputy rector of the Varna Medical University, Deyan Grancharov, there are two similar centres in Sofia and Plovdiv, but the demand was much higher. “Now it will be much cheaper and easily accessible than similar treatment in Israel, for example,” Grancharov said.

The capacity of the Varna centre is up to 100 patients per year. The procedure is free of charge for the insured.

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