Unrelated donor stem cell transplant: donor selection and search process

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The article describes the unrelated donor and cord blood search process through the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) for practising hematologist-oncologists and stem cell transplant physicians. The recent changes in the diseases, type of transplants and stem cell sources are discussed. Important data showing the effects of HLA loci and non-HLA factors on the transplant outcome, including new services offered by NMDP were reviewed.

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