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PS Program Meeting, Mary Eapen, MD, MS "The Evolution of Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation" - Jan. 17
The Evolution of Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation
Mary Eapen, MDDS, MS
Department of Medicine
Division of Hematology & Oncology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Umbilical cord blood collected from the placenta after child birth has over the last two decades proved to be a rich source of hematopoietic cells that has been used for hematopoietic cell transplantation for both malignant and non-malignant hematologic disorders. There is general agreement that this is a suitable alternative graft when a suitably HLA-matched adult unrelated donor is not available. Efforts are now focused on improving outcomes (hematopoietic recovery and death from transplant related complications) and expanding the use of this graft for older patients.