Data about transplants using unrelated marrow donors and umbilical cord blood units from the donor registry of the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (Program), including the National Cord Blood Inventory, are reported annually.
These data include the number of transplants performed along with the following information:
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Since the registry was established in 1987, it has facilitated more than 55,000 marrow and cord blood transplants for patients who do not have a matching donor in their family. In 2012, the registry facilitated more than 5,800 transplants, an increase of nearly 300 transplants over the previous year.
The blood cancers (hematologic malignancies) for which patients received an unrelated bone marrow or cord blood unit transplant most often during 2012 were:
Since 2005, the number of transplants has increased for patients who were diagnosed with AML, ALL, MDS, HNL, OL, and HL. For patients diagnosed with CML, the number has increased steadily since 2007.
The number of transplants performed for all age groups continues to increase.
In 2012, children (0 to 17 years) received 20 percent of transplants, adults 18 to 50 years received 36 percent of transplants, adults 51 to 64 years received 31 percent of transplants, and adults over age 65 received 13 percent of transplants.
For the last several years, transplants have increased steadily for patients of most races.
Each year since 2005, the number of transplants has increased for patients who reported their ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino.
During 2012, cord blood units were used in 1,191 transplants. The National Cord Blood Inventory provided 714 cord blood units for these transplants.
Also, 1,150 transplants were performed using bone marrow and more than 3,400 transplants used peripheral blood stem cells.
In 2012, cord blood was used to help 20 percent of patients from all races who received a transplant.
Over one third of patients who recorded their ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino received a cord blood transplant.
*Patients are asked to record both their race and ethnicity. Patients who indicated their ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino are also included in the race data.
Find more information about patient survival using marrow donors or donated cord blood units from the registry.