Why Cord Blood?
More Tolerant Matching
A close match between the patient and the donor or cord blood unit can improve a patient’s outcome after transplant. Even though a closely matched cord blood unit is preferred, clinical studies suggest the match may not have to be as close as is needed for marrow or peripheral blood transplants. If you have an uncommon tissue type, your doctor may not find a closely matched adult donor for you. However, a cord blood unit may be an option.
More Quickly Available
Cord blood units are stored and ready to use. A cord blood unit can be selected and delivered to the transplant center in less than two weeks whereas it can take two months or more to find an unrelated marrow or peripheral blood donor. Your doctor may choose cord blood if you need a transplant quickly.
Less Graft-Versus-Host Disease
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a common complication after an allogenic transplant (which uses cells from a family member, unrelated donor or cord blood unit). GVHD can range from mild to life-threatening. Studies have found that after a cord blood transplant, fewer patients get GVHD than after marrow or peripheral blood transplants. Patients in the studies who did get GVHD after a cord blood transplant tended to get less severe cases.
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