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Eur J Cancer. 2007 Nov;43(16):2359-65. Epub 2007 Oct 4.

Stem cell transplantation in Europe: trends and prospects.

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  • 1Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Institute for Medical Technology Assessment, P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


The aim of the present study was to identify trends in numbers of European patients treated with autologous and allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) as well as to provide anticipated transplant rates for the upcoming years. The following indications were considered: haematological malignancies (acute leukaemias, myeloproliferative disorders, lymphoproliferative disorders and multiple myeloma), solid tumours and non-malignant diseases. Numbers of patients treated from 1990 to 2004 were extracted from the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation database, extrapolated to 2012 using mathematic models and adjusted to the literature study and expert opinion. In Europe, a 13% raise in HSCT utilisation is to be expected from 2005 to 2010, mostly due to the growing application of reduced-intensity conditioning regimens followed by allogeneic HSCT. Growing transplant rates are likely to exert health expenditure budgets and put pressure on health care providers and health insurers in Europe. Therefore, the rapid expansion would ideally imply a simultaneous increase in HSCT budgets.

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