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London Regional Cancer Program announces temporary suspension of allogeneic bone marrow transplants


For Immediate Release:
September 22, 2008

(LONDON, Ontario) – London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP) at London Health Sciences Centre announced today it has temporarily suspended one section of its bone marrow transplant program.

The section - allogeneic bone marrow transplants – involves transplants between recipients and donors who come from the same family. On average, it provides the procedure to between 12 and 14 patients per year.

Though the allogeneic procedures themselves are temporarily suspended, both pre and post-procedure care will continue to take place at LRCP, and all other areas of the bone marrow transplant program will operate as usual.

LRCP is working with any affected patients to minimize disruptions to their care.

“We recognize this is a difficult and stressful situation for patients and their families and are continuing to work in conjunction with them to coordinate care at other facilities,” said LRCP Vice President, Brian Orr.

The decision to temporarily suspend allogeneic bone marrow transplant procedures was made after the retirement of an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) this summer. The APN position is a specialized role integral to the successful and safe operation of the allogeneic procedure.

Aggressive recruitment to re-staff the position continues, and once completed, will allow allogeneic transplant procedures to resume at LRCP.

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Bärbel Hatje
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
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