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Survive Leukemia? Cord Blood Transplants May Be the Answer!
Surviving Leukemia: Cord Blood Transplant
The problem with leukemia treatments is that chemotherapy and/or radiation can destroy cells. To recover those cells, a bone marrow transplant may be necessary. The difficulty is in finding a suitable donor.
A study performed by Dr. Mary Eapen, Medical College of Wisconsin, appears in the journal Lancet Oncology. It found that patients that survive leukemia and are free of the disease did equally well (as the Dr. states), "...whether you are transplanting using an adult graft which is from an adult donor or a cord blood unit,"
But there's more good news! The Dr. said that cord blood was effective, even if it wasn't a great match...
More Good News About Cord Blood & Leukemia
Only about half of white Americans looking for suitable donors find them, and the chances are even less for African and Asian Americans.
And while the body is not very tolerant of an imperfect match when it comes to stem cells from an adult donor, it is much more tolerant of those taken from placental blood.
Not only that, but most of the cord blood transplants that are used come from public cord blood banks!
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Stem cells from cord blood could mean that many survive leukemia, cancer free, without the stress and trauma of trying to find a suitable donor, which may or may not, happen!
Paul Szabolcs, Duke University Medical Center, said that the results of this study should increase donations to public cord blood banks... And well it should!
For information on how to donate: www.marrow.org
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