Chatchada Karanes, MD | Authors

Unrelated Donor StemCell Transplantation: The Role of the National Marrow Donor Program

August 01, 2003

Approximately 70% of patientswith life-threatening diseasestreatable with allogeneic bloodstem cell transplantation do not havematched related donors. The NationalMarrow Donor Program (NMDP) wasestablished in 1986 to provide humanleukocyte antigen (HLA)-matched,volunteer unrelated donors for thesepatients. The NMDP performs thistask by maintaining a registry of morethan 4.9 million volunteer donors ofmarrow and peripheral blood stemcells (PBSC) and 12 cord blood bankscontaining more than 25,000 units ofumbilical cord blood.

High-Dose Chemotherapy With Autologous Stem Cell Rescue in the Outpatient Setting

January 02, 2000

Outpatient bone marrow transplant (BMT) strategies, as reviewed by Dix and Geller, have evolved for various reasons—from social to medical. If high-dose approaches are to become a viable treatment for common cancers, such as breast cancer, the refinement of transplants to a “kinder and gentler” approach is essential.