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Transplant Basics

Learning about bone marrow transplant or umbilical cord blood transplant.

Each year, thousands of people are diagnosed with a life-threatening disease such as leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, or a metabolic or immune system disorder. One treatment option for these patients is a bone marrow transplant or umbilical cord blood transplant (also called a BMT). A transplant replaces a patient's unhealthy blood-forming cells with healthy cells.

The C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (CWBYCTP) helps patients who need a bone marrow or cord blood transplant by providing information about the transplant process to patients, their families, and health care providers.

Learn About Transplant as a Treatment Option
See a list of diseases that may be treated with a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. Learn about the transplant process, including questions to ask your doctor.

Planning for a Transplant (BMT)
Learn about topics to consider when choosing a transplant center and the costs of a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. Find tips that other patients have found helpful in making changes in daily life so everyone knows what to expect, including information specific to children and teenagers undergoing a transplant.

Searching for a Marrow Donor or Cord Blood Unit
Learn how your doctor looks for blood-forming cells for your transplant.

Patient Support for Transplant
Find links for educational materials, patient organizations, and services that help patients and families, from diagnosis through survivorship.

Physician Resources for Transplant
Find information written for physicians, such as guidelines for referring a patient for a transplant, advances in autologous and allogeneic transplant, and how to begin a search for a marrow donor or cord blood unit. (Some patients prefer to read this technical information; other patients may provide this information to their doctors.)