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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. Two 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 harvest, 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 Graft Versus Host Disease 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
Denise Duthoit
Nicoletta Munteanu
Olivier Mugema

Qualitician
Aurélie Timmermans
Olivier Carabin

Secretariat
Vanessa Vanpevenage

13/01/2020

 Scientific publications

Allogeneic transplantation after PD-1 blockade for classic Hodgkin lymphoma.

Authors : Merryman RW, Castagna L, Giordano L, Ho VT, Corradini P, Guidetti A, Casadei B, Bond DA, Jaglowski S, Spinner MA, Arai S, Lowsky R, Shah GL, Perales MA, De Colella JMS, Blaise D, Herrera AF, Shouse G, Spilleboudt C, Ansell SM, Nieto Y, Badar T, Hamadani M, Feldman TA, Dahncke L, Singh AK, McGuirk JP, Nishihori T, Chavez J, Serritella AV, Kline J, Mohty M, Dulery R, Stamatoulas A, Houot R, Manson G, Moles-Moreau MP, Orvain C, Bouabdallah K, Modi D, Ramchandren R, Lekakis L, Beitinjaneh A, Frigault MJ, Chen YB, Lynch RC, Smith SD, Rao U, Byrne M, Romancik JT, Cohen JB, Nathan S, Phillips T, Joyce RM, Rahimian M, Bashey A, Ballard HJ, Svoboda J, Torri V, Sollini M, De Philippis C, Magagnoli M, Santoro A, Armand P, Zinzani PL, Carlo-Stella C
Year : 2021
Journal : Leukemia
Volume : 35
Pages : 2672-2683

Mantle cell lymphoma simulating inflammatory bowel disease.

Authors : Lifrange F, de Wind R, Spilleboudt C, Karfis I, Van Gossum A, Demetter P
Year : 2021
Journal : Acta Gastroenterol Belg
Volume : 84
Pages : 125-127

Identifying frailty in clinically fit patients diagnosed with hematological malignancies using a simple clinico-biological screening tool: The HEMA-4 study.

Authors : Thibaud V, Denève L, Dubruille S, Kenis C, Delforge M, Cattenoz C, Somme D, Wildiers H, Pepersack T, Lamy T, Bron D
Year : 2021
Journal : J Geriatr Oncol
Volume : 12
Pages : 902-908

PCIP-seq: simultaneous sequencing of integrated viral genomes and their insertion sites with long reads.

Authors : Artesi M, Hahaut V, Cole B, Lambrechts L, Ashrafi F, Marçais A, Hermine O, Griebel P, Arsic N, van der Meer F, Burny A, Bron D, Bianchi E, Delvenne P, Bours V, Charlier C, Georges M, Vandekerckhove L, Van den Broeke A, Durkin K
Year : 2021
Journal : Genome Biol
Volume : 22
Pages : 97

Factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection and outcome in patients with solid tumors or hematological malignancies: a single-center study.

Authors : Goudsmit A, Cubilier E, Meert AP, Aftimos P, Stathopoulos K, Spilleboudt C, Loizidou A
Year : 2021
Journal : Support Care Cancer