The International Thalassaemia Day is observed annually on May 8 to raise awareness about Thalassaemia being a blood disorder, debunk myths related and help the patients lead a normal life. Dr Ragesh Radhakrishnan Nair, a well-experienced haematologist and director of haematology department in Kozhikode Meitra hospital briefed up about the progress in the treatment of blood disorders.
Being a specialist in Blood Diseases, Bone Marrow Transplants and Cancer Immunology, he expressed hope that all blood disorders will be curable by the end of this decade.
Read his complete statement here:
“Many blood diseases are curable. Most are manageable. With the deeper insights into the disease pathophysiology thanks to the advancements in technology, we hope all blood disorders will be curable by the end of this decade. Such has been the rapid progress in the treatment of blood diseases that, we have some specific types of blood cancers, where we can cure it even without using chemotherapy. Cellular therapy with refinements in bone marrow transplants and the newer advancements in the field of CAR-T cells are giving great hope to previously difficult to manage blood diseases and blood cancers. Gene therapy is the upcoming new field for future definitive treatment for various diseases like thalassemia and sickle cell disease. Hopefully, by the end of the decade, we hope no patient will require admission to the hospital, but only outpatient treatment for every blood disease. The final frontier will be to prevent these diseases to occur in the first place. Several diseases like thalassemia are already preventable using a simple and cost-effective blood test known as haemoglobin electrophoresis of potential parents. Maybe by end of this century (or perhaps even before), blood diseases including blood cancers will be history,” said Dr Ragesh Radhakrishnan Nair.