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An allogeneic transplant uses blood-forming cells donated by someone else. This could be a family member, someone unrelated to you, or a cord blood unit (CBU). Cord blood is the blood collected from the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is born.

You don’t have to find your own donor or CBU. Typically, your doctor will first look for a matched donor in your family—usually a brother or sister. 70% of patients who need a transplant do not have a fully matched donor in their family. If you don’t have a match in your family, your doctor will search the Be The Match Registry® to find a matched unrelated donor or CBU for you.

Be The Match Related Donor Services

We offer transplant centers resources to help  patients and their related donors. Ask your transplant team if they’re using or considering this program.

HLA Matching

Your transplant doctor will look for a donor or cord blood unit whose human leukocyte antigens (HLA) closely matches yours. HLA are proteins – or markers – found on most cells in your body. Read more about HLA matching.

Donor search FAQs

Get answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about finding a donor. Finding a donor is not your responsibility.

Searching the Registry®

If you don’t have a match in your family, your doctor will search the Be The Match Registry to find a matched unrelated donor or cord blood unit. Depending on your ethnic background, the chance of finding a match is between 29% and 79%. Read more about the registry.

The Be The Match® Patient Support Center can help you and your family understand the donor search process.

CALL: 1 (888) 999-6743 or (763) 406-3410
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Time
All of our programs and resources are free.

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