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 86,000 marrow and cord blood transplants for patients who do not have a matching donor in their family. In 2017, the registry facilitated nearly 6,100 transplants.
The blood cancers (hematologic malignancies) for which patients received an unrelated bone marrow or cord blood unit transplant most often during 2017 were:
The number of transplants continues to increase, with the largest areas of growth in AML, ALL and MDS.
In 2017, children (0 to 18 years) received 19% of transplants, adults 19 to 50 years received 30% of transplants, adults 51 to 64 years received 32% of transplants, and adults age 65 and over received 19% of transplants.
(Numbers may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.)
For the last several years, transplants have increased steadily for patients of most races.
Since 2005, transplants for patients who reported their ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino has remained steady, often increasing.
During 2017, cord blood units were used in 765 transplants. The National Cord Blood Inventory provided 494 cord blood units for these transplants.
Also, 1,317 transplants were performed using bone marrow and 3,972 transplants used peripheral blood stem cells.
In 2017, cord blood was used to help 13% of patients from all races who received a transplant.
Updated: February 22, 2018
The Program’s donor registry, also called the Be The Match Registry®, is operated under Federal contracts by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP). Donor registry data are reported from Oct. 1 - Sept. 30 by the NMDP.
Find more information about patient survival using marrow donors or donated cord blood units from the registry.