- This is a 20-bed unit, which is primarily intended to provide allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation procedures and innovative therapies with genetically modified CAR-T lymphocytes - said Prof. Grzegorz Basak, head of the Department of Hematology, Transplantation and Internal Medicine, at the opening ceremony. He added that the department is state-of-the-art and meets the highest sanitary standards - special HEPA filters have been installed, and the air is "exchanged" 8 to 12 times per hour. Such conditions significantly reduce the risk of inhalation infections. The new department also has a family meeting room, where seriously ill patients can meet with their loved ones in safe conditions. The department is equipped with modern equipment thanks to a donation from DKMS Poland, while rehabilitation equipment was funded by the Embassy of the Emirates.
The new department is temporarily taking over the tasks of the smaller department where transplants were conducted and leukemia patients were treated. But only until the Leukemia Treatment Subdepartment opens and takes over this group of patients. Eventually and ultimately, therefore, there will be: a 20-bed transplant ward and a 16-bed leukemia ward. Such an organization means greater opportunities for treating patients, whose number is constantly increasing.
Professor Zbigniew Gaciong, Rector, was present at the opening: - Today's ceremony is very important from the point of view of the university. This is where CAR T therapy will be developed. And it is worth recalling that MUW is the leader of the largest project in the country in this area. This is our flagship project, and I am very pleased that it will be able to continue under the right conditions. The opening of the new department is also very important for UCC MUW, as it means expanding therapy options for our patients - Prof. Gaciong stressed.