Some of the diseases treated

by stem cell transplants

in Canada, 2011:

  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  • Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
  • Adrenoleukodystrophy
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Hurler Syndrome
  • Myelodysplasia
  • Myelofibrosis
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Refractory Anemia
  • Severe Aplastic Anemia
  • Waldenstrom’s Macrolobulinemia
  • Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome


Other Quick Facts:

  • Most of the cord blood donations imported to Canada come from the United States, Spain and Italy.
  • Cord blood matches need to meet only 4 out of 6 criteria, while bone marrow matches must meet at least 9 out of 10 criteria.
  • Cord blood stem cells are the “youngest” and most adaptable form of cells which the body more readily accepts.
  • Less than 30 per cent of patients in need of a blood stem cell transplant are able to find a match within their family.
  • Today, approximately one thousand Canadians are searching for an unrelated stem cell donor.
  • At present, only about 50% of those who need an unrelated stem cell donation find a suitable match.
  • Your ethnic origins define your DNA.
  • The best chance of finding a stem cell match comes from someone with a similar ethnic background.