Stem Cell

New clinics in Toronto, London will speed stem cell transplants: health minister

Ontarians who need life-saving stem cell transplants for leukemia and blood cancer will get them more quickly as a result of the opening of the facilities, Health Minister Eric Hoskins says.

Ontario is planning to boost the capacity for life-saving stem cell treatments.
Ontario is planning to boost the capacity for life-saving stem cell treatments.

Ontarians who need life-saving stem cell transplants for leukemia and other blood cancers will get them faster when new clinics in Toronto and London come into service, says Health Minister Eric Hoskins.

The facilities at Princess Margaret Hospital and London Health Sciences centre will boost capacity by 440 transplants annually, 45 per cent more than the 958 transplants conducted last year.

“We needed to do more,” Hoskins told a news conference at Princess Margaret on Thursday where doctors spoke of a “crisis” in getting bone marrow transplants done quickly enough.

Frances Hillier, whose 18-year-old daughter Laura died while waiting for a transplant…