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 nearly 68,000 marrow and cord blood transplants for patients who do not have a matching donor in their family. In 2016, the registry facilitated nearly 6,200 transplants.
The blood cancers (hematologic malignancies) for which patients received an unrelated bone marrow or cord blood unit transplant most often during 20164 were:
The number of transplants continues to increase, with the largest areas of growth in AML, ALL and MDS.
In 2016, children (0 to 18 years) received 19% of transplants, adults 19 to 50 years received 31% of transplants, adults 51 to 64 years received 31% of transplants, and adults age 65 and over received 18% 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 2016, cord blood units were used in 852 transplants. The National Cord Blood Inventory provided 531 cord blood units for these transplants.
Also, 1,240 transplants were performed using bone marrow and 4,074 transplants used peripheral blood stem cells.
In 2016, cord blood was used to help 29% of patients from all races who received a transplant.
Updated: March 10, 2017
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.