The costs of mobilisation and collection of peripheral blood stem cells in multiple myeloma and lymphoma in an European country: Results from The Gruppo Italiano Trapianto Midollo Osseo (GITMO) and Società Italiana di Emaferesi e Manipolazione Cellulare (SIdEM) survey

Luca Pierelli, Patrizia Berto, Patrizia Accorsi, Giuseppe Milone, Stefania Lopatriello, Andrea Aiello, Pasquale Iacopino, Attilio Olivieri, Alessandro Rambaldi, Alberto Bosi

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Scarce information is available about the cost of mobilisation/collection of peripheral blood stem cells for patients undergoing autologous transplant for relapsed Lymphoma or Multiple Myeloma. This paper reports the consumption of resources and costs collected through a survey among Italian Centres who adhere to the GITMO and SIdEM scientific societies. General transplant information was extracted from the European Promise database. Resources used alongside the phases of mobilisation/collection were retrieved. Resources for each of the process phases were quantified and averaged across centres and a unit cost value was attributed, based on administrative data from 3 centres, tariffs and market values. 25/89 Centres (34% of 2009 Promise transplants) provided data according to their standard practice. The mean cost/patient of the process of cell mobilisation/collection was €6830. ±. 1802 for Multiple Myeloma and €7304. ±. 1542 for Lymphoma. The organisational path for PBSC mobilisation/collection appears complex and cumbersome, spread amongst different treatment settings, with many different healthcare professionals being involved and considerable amounts of time and resources being currently dedicated to the management of patients requiring autologous transplantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-622
Number of pages8
JournalTransfusion and Apheresis Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013



  • Apheresis
  • Cost
  • Hematopoietic transplantation
  • Lymphoma
  • Myeloma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology

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