Half of UK patients get stem cells for transplantation from overseas

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 12 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2073
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Half the people in the United Kingdom who receive stem cells as part of their treatment for a blood disorder have the cells imported from abroad, a review has found.1

The UK blood cancer charity and bone marrow register Anthony Nolan and NHS Blood and Transplant, which carried out the review, are urging more people to join stem cell registries. Most needed are young men aged between 16 and 30 years old because they are most likely to be chosen as donors but make up just 12% of those registered, they say.

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