• Bone Marrow match's

    Asked by MelMom on Monday, March 18, 2013

    Bone Marrow match's

    What are the options when none of your family members are a bone marrow match for you?

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • carm's Avatar

      When it comes to an Allogenic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, of course the best match is a family member whether it is in the immediate family or extended family. However, for patients who lack a family donor, finding the matched unrelated donor involves a search of the computer database of the National Marrow Donor Program or other registries around the world. Many matches are found that way and it is not uncommon to see a patient who has family members that either do not match or that are medically incapable of donating. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      A friend of mine was lucky enough to get a bone marrow match via the national bank of potential donors. I also know of people who have found matches via campaigns started on their behalf to locate matches. Wishing you the best of luck.

      over 5 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      In my case (relapsed T-Cell Lymphoma), and autologous transplant would not be curative. No donor for an allogeneic transplant was available in the world registry. A clinical trial put me in full response so that my stem cells could be collected, but recent data support the belief that novel therapies can provide the benefits of a transplant, but without many of the associated risks. Mine is an exceptional case, however. I would research clinical trials, as advancements are being made as we speak.

      over 5 years ago
    • LisaLathrop's Avatar

      In response to the other comments, yes...a family member match who is 100% is always best. However, not ALL family members are 100%. My brother was a potential match for me - at 80%. He got passed over by my sister who had never had children and was 100% match. And yes, there is a National Marrow Donor program (www.marrow.org). If you have no sibling or relative match, your docs will search the registry. A fellow Leukemia survivor and friend, had no relative who would match. Docs searched the registry and found an 80% match (later found it was a 27 yo male from a different country). It took a few months and a bit of GVHD (graft vs. host disease - but NOT extensive) but she now is in remission and has a new blood type (that of her donors). Miracles do happen!

      btw...when people ask "what can I do to help?" answers such as "donate blood" or "get on the donor list" are as especially helpful to Cancer patients as is bringing in a homecooked meal.

      over 5 years ago
    • Camarillolaw's Avatar

      Besides the bone marrow registry there is now also an option for cord blood transplantation. It is used a lot for both children and adults. Check with your transplant center as to your options.

      over 5 years ago

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