Author | Tim Walker, MA


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

August 01, 2003

ByChatchada Karanes, MD|Dennis Confer, MD|Tim Walker, MA|Andrea Askren, MA|Claire Keller, RN

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.