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Apheresis Unit (Hematology)

Apherisis is a procedure that makes it possible to separate the various elements of the blood, in particular: 

  • the plasma (therapeutic plasmapherisis),
  • the red corpuscles (therapeutic erythropheresis),
  • the white corpuscles (therapeutic leucapheresis),
  • the hematopoietic stem cells (cytapheresis), essential for both analogous transplants (using cells taken from the patient) and allogenic transplants (using the cells of another donor). 

Apheresis is a technique of extraction by centrifugation in an extracorporeal blood circuit (CEC). The components not collected are reinjected into the donor. 

The Apheresis Unit at the Jules Bordet Institute receives, for the ULB-IRIS network as a whole, patients likely to benefit from the collection of stem cells. The Unit works in close cooperation with the various autotransplant centres for adults and with the Children's Hospital (HUDERF). 

We have been practicing apheresis in our service since 1970, with a nursing and technical staff trained especially for the purpose. Three doctors and four nurses are available and ensure the continuity of the medical care, in cooperation with the hematology service as a whole. The Unit has an emergency service that operates 24 hours a day. 

The extraction, handling and conservation of the hematopoietic stem cells is in accordance with good practices. Since 2009 we have been accredited under the inspection programme (JACIE, the "Joint Accreditation Committee of the ISCT and EBMT" ) which makes it possible to improve quality within the various teams involved in carrying out the hematopoietic transplants.  

The Apheresis Unit at the Jules Bordet Institute also gives our patients access to treatment using photopheresis. This treatment is indicated for Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease (CGVHD) that does not respond to the standard treatment and in certain cases of skin lymphomas. 

 

Research projects


 

Project 1

A Phase II study to assess the safety and the efficacy of extracorporeal photopheresis using the Theraflex ECP™ for patients with refractory chronic GVHD
  • Project Initiator : Philippe Lewalle
  • Collaboration(s) : Protocole de la société belge d’hématologie
  • Financing (or) support: Amis de l’Institut Bordet

Our team

Responsible Physician
Prof Philippe Lewalle - Hematologist

Doctor
Dr Adriano Salaroli

Head Nurse
Patrick Crombez

Nurse(s)
Corine Mal
Walter Bellemans
Nicoletta Munteanu
Olivier Mugema

Qualitician
Aurélie Timmermans
Olivier Carabin​​​​​​​

Secretariat
Vanessa Vanpevenage

 Scientific publications

Determining clinically important differences in health-related quality of life in older patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy or surgery.

Authors : Quinten C, Kenis C, Decoster L, Debruyne PR, De Groof I, Focan C, Cornelis F, Verschaeve V, Bachmann C, Bron D, Luce S, Debugne G, Van den Bulck H, Goeminne JC, Baitar A, Geboers K, Petit B, Langenaeken C, Van Rijswijk R, Specenier P, Jerusalem G, Praet JP, Vandenborre K, Lycke M, Flamaing J, Milisen K, Lobelle JP, Wildiers H
Year : 2019
Journal : Qual Life Res
Volume : 28
Pages : 663-676

[Sweet's syndrome induced by pegfilgrastim during a myelodysplastic syndrome AREB2: A case report].

Authors : Nelis S, Azerad MA, Drowart A, Lewalle P, Efira A
Year : 2019
Journal : Rev Med Interne
Volume : 40
Pages : 258-261

Haematological immune-related adverse events induced by anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-L1 immunotherapy: a descriptive observational study.

Authors : Delanoy N, Michot JM, Comont T, Kramkimel N, Lazarovici J, Dupont R, Champiat S, Chahine C, Robert C, Herbaux C, Besse B, Guillemin A, Mateus C, Pautier P, Saïag P, Madonna E, Maerevoet M, Bout JC, Leduc C, Biscay P, Quere G, Nardin C, Ebbo M, Albigès L, Marret G, Levrat V, Dujon C, Vargaftig J, Laghouati S, Croisille L, Voisin AL, Godeau B, Massard C, Ribrag V, Marabelle A, Michel M, Lambotte O
Year : 2019
Journal : Lancet Haematol
Volume : 6
Pages : e48-e57

Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes and Prognosis: A Pooled Individual Patient Analysis of Early-Stage Triple-Negative Breast Cancers.

Authors : Loi S, Drubay D, Adams S, Pruneri G, Francis PA, Lacroix-Triki M, Joensuu H, Dieci MV, Badve S, Demaria S, Gray R, Munzone E, Lemonnier J, Sotiriou C, Piccart MJ, Kellokumpu-Lehtinen PL, Vingiani A, Gray K, Andre F, Denkert C, Salgado R, Michiels S
Year : 2019
Journal : J Clin Oncol
Volume : 37
Pages : 559-569

Reciprocal immuno-biological alterations occur during the co-culture of natural killer cells and adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stromal cells.

Authors : Najar M, Fayyad-Kazan M, Merimi M, Meuleman N, Bron D, Fayyad-Kazan H, Lagneaux L
Year : 2019
Journal : Cytotechnology
Volume : 71
Pages : 375-388

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