Stem Cell Transplants: Underuse Still a Problem

(Medscape) – The use of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) throughout the world has expanded since the first bone marrow transplant took place more than 50 years ago. By the end of 2012, HSCTs had reached the 1 million mark, and they had been performed in 75 countries. However, wide variations and the underuse of HSCTs exist in some areas, likely because of resource shortages, according to a study published online February 27 in the Lancet Haemotology.

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