Having 25 years of experience in his field, annually he performs nearly 100 BMT procedures which is his main field of interest. Other than BMT, he also treats Pediatric Diseases, Leukemia (Lymphoma), Hemorrhagic Diseases, and Anemia.
The hospital he works in is Ramsey Hospital which is an all-in-one facility that possesses high technology Radiation Oncology devices, one of a kind Nuclear Medicine Unit and a sophisticated Radiology Department with Interventional capability. These features support the diagnosis, treatment, and care of every kind of cancer.
The BMT unit itself has 16 beds that make it one of the biggest in Turkey. All types of BMT including haploidentical can be performed with high success rates. Thank to wide staff of Emsey Hospital, nearly all of the Pediatric subspecialties are in the hospital that gives great confidence to our patients.
Prof. Baytan mentions the BFM Berlin-Frankfurt Protocol to be preferred for acute lymphoblastic leukemia cases and adds that the success rate of their practice is 84% for this protocol as an average of low-moderate-high risk levels. He also pinpoints the successful use of monoclonal antibodies known as smart drugs in solid tumor cases in his center.
Prof. Birol Baytan shows a very well-tolerated COVID pandemic period as an example for readiness, capability, and competence of the Turkish Healthcare system and adds: “In Turkey, we have a strong healthcare human resource, who is trained to receive intense and difficult cases as standard”.
He also states the importance of the Turkish National Bone Marrow Bank that was established under TÜRKÖK Project by the Turkish Red Crescent, as a factor to support the increasing number of BMT procedures in Turkey during the last decade. This bank creates the efficiency to be able to find matched donor within around 2 months that lets patients enter into procedure very quickly. Since even one day is important for these cases, this factor is surely one of the major reasons why international patients prefer our department.
He describes his international patients as “resistant” since they have already received poor or insufficient treatment in their own countries and adds that this complicates the issue. Besides all difficulties, he expresses his professional satisfaction dealing with foreign patients as: “The most inspiring part about this is my clinic is like United Nations. We have children from many countries and cultures. In this ethnic and religious diversity, we obviously see that in fact there are no differences. This brings “color” to our life.”