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Leukemia boy, 4, gets umbilical cord blood transplant

A four-year-old local boy received umbilical cord blood transplant to treat his acute leukemia at the Shanghai Children's Medical Center today.

He is the 271st patient to receive umbilical cord blood from the Shanghai Cord Blood Bank since it was established eight years ago.

The boy surnamed Lu was diagnosed of leukemia when he was one year old and he was in stable condition after chemotherapy.

"He suffered a relapse in December. Chemotherapy medicines could no longer control his disease and larger dosage is dangerous to his heart," said Dr Luo Changying of the center's hematology department. "Stem cell transplant is the only solution," he said.
Failing to find a matched donor at the city's stem cell bank, the center found a sample of matched umbilical cord blood.

"Compared with adult donor's stem cell, the stem cell of umbilical cord blood is immature, less likely to be rejected but also weaker in immunity," Luo said.

It will take two or three weeks to know whether the transplant is successful or not.

As of today, the Shanghai Cord Blood Bank has offered 308 samples to 271 patients and 77 percent of the samples have survived with healthy blood cells growing inside the bodies of patients.


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