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A bone marrow transplant is a life-saving treatment for people with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases
- Patients will first undergo chemotherapy, which might sometimes be combined with radiation to destroy their diseased marrow.
- Then a donor's healthy blood-forming cells are given directly into the patient's bloodstream where they can begin to function and multiply.
The national bone marrow donor registry has millions of people registered, however there still is not a match for all patients, especially for those from racially and ethnically diverse communities.