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22.10.2012

Dies the "father" of bone marrow transplantation and Nobel Prize in Medicine

Donnal Thomas had his first surgery with bone marrow in patients with leukemia in 1959

Foto: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
E. American Medical Donnall Thomas, considered the 'father' of the bone marrow transplant
E. American Medical Donnall Thomas, considered the 'father' of the bone marrow transplant

Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1990 and father of the bone marrow transplant, the doctor E. Donnall Thomas, died in the city of Seattle, aged 92, due to heart complications.

Visionary, had his first surgery with bone marrow in patients with leukemia in 1959. A feat that earn him the Nobel years later.

Donnall sought to cure leukemia by destruction of the bone marrow at doses of radiation and chemotherapy. The procedure was followed by transplantation of healthy tissue to restore the immune system.

His treatment increased survival rates for some cancers in the blood by 90%. In the year of his death, about 60,000 transplants are performed type worldwide.

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Source: Isaude.net