We Know About Bone Marrow Transplants
Having worked as a bone marrow recruitment center for 30 years, we know about blood cancers, sickle cell disease, and bone marrow transplants.
More than 70 diseases are treated with a bone marrow transplant, and we have a working knowledge of the challenges that searching patients are faced with. We have supported thousands of patients suffering from blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, and sickle cell disease.
What is a Bone Marrow Transplant?
A bone marrow transplant takes a donor’s healthy blood-forming cells and puts them into the patient’s bloodstream, where they begin to grow and make healthy red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Prior to traans[ant, patients receive high doses of chemotherapy to prepare their body for the transplant.
On the day of the transplant, the patient receives the donated cells.
Where Do These Donated Cells Come From?
These cells can come from one of three sources:
- Bone Marrow
- Peripheral (circulating) blood (also called peripheral blood stem cells or PBSC)
- Blood collected from an umbilical cord after a baby is born
Doctors will choose the best source of cells for a patient. Bone marrow or PBSC cells are voluntarily donated by an adult donor. Cells collected from the umbilical cord, occur only after a full-term delivery where both mother and baby are healthy and safe.