Why we do need donation?

On any given day, thousands men, women and children are searching for a life-saving stem cell unit around the world. These patients have leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases that can be treated by a Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) transplant. For many of these patients, a transplant may be the best and only hope of a cure.

A well-matched donor is important to the success of a stem-cell transplant. Half of our human leukocyte antigen (HLA) markers are inherited from the mother and half from the father, so each person with the same parents has a 25% chance of matching. It is unlikely that the extended family members will match. About 70% of patients who need a transplant do not have a suitable donor in their family.

High percent of patients needing a haematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) to survive are unable to find a suitable stem cell match in their families or from bone marrow donors and other public cord blood banks.

Donation of peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) and cord blood (CB) to a centralized public unrelated stem cell donor bank such as the TBMT increases the number of units available to all potential stem cell transplant patients. This increases the chances of finding a match for the patient, offering hope and a chance of a cure.

The process for matching a patient with a donor involves comparing human leukocyte antigen (HLA) types in order to find a match. People with shared ancestry are more likely to possess matching HLA types, which is why it’s extra important for people with certain racial or ethnic backgrounds to become donors.

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