Some of the diseases treated
by stem cell transplants
in Canada, 2011:
- Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Hurler Syndrome
- 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.