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About the Program

Helping patients who need an unrelated bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant

The C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (CWBYCTP) provides support to patients who need a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant (also called a BMT) or umbilical cord blood transplant. For some patients who have leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia, or other inherited metabolic or immune system disorders, a bone marrow or cord blood transplant may be their best chance to live longer, healthier lives.

A donor for a marrow or cord blood transplant may be available from a patient's family; however, many patients depend on an unrelated donor. The CWBYCTP's purpose is to help patients who need a transplant from an unrelated marrow donor or cord blood unit by:

  • Making information about bone marrow and cord blood transplant available to patients, families, health care professionals, and the public.
  • Providing efficient, effective processes for identifying matched marrow donors and cord blood units through one electronic system (Single Point of Access).
  • Increasing the numbers of unrelated marrow donors and cord blood units available for transplant.
  • Collecting data and expanding research to improve patient outcomes.

Blood Stem Cell Transplantation Program Elements

Bone Marrow or Cord Blood Transplant
Learn about who may need a bone marrow or cord blood transplant, what a transplant is, and how the blood-forming cells are donated.