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A bone marrow or cord blood transplant is a process to replace unhealthy bone marrow with healthy bone marrow. Bone marrow transplants can be used to treat patients with:

  • life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia
  • diseases which result in bone marrow failure like aplastic anemia
  • other immune system or genetic diseases

Research on transplant has led to improved survival rates over time, which has led to more patients being helped by this treatment. For many diseases, bone marrow transplant is the only cure at this time.

Explore the pages below for more specific information on bone marrow transplants or request materials to help you learn more about the transplant process. 

How a transplant works

Read how a bone marrow transplant works and how it can be a cure for patients with blood cancers, such as leukemia and other disorders.

Transplant process

Learn the steps involved in the transplant process.

Transplant considerations

Learn four considerations you and your doctor will discuss about transplant.

Be The Match is here to assist you and your family as you learn about transplant. Our patient services coordinators can answer your questions and provide support and education to help you navigate your transplant journey. Contact us at 1 (888) 999-6743 or patientinfo@nmdp.org. Whatever you are feeling, no question or concern is too big or too small.