Improving early referral from community hematologists/oncologists
HLA Today is a free program for your referral network to use with patients who are newly diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or have high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).
Our goal: improve patient outcomes by providing your referring physicians with critical information as early as possible in a patient’s disease course and encourage early consultation with your transplant center.
Your center can use HLA Today to engage community hematologists/oncologists and improve time for referral. Contact our HLA Today team to discuss how we can partner together to deliver HLA Today to your referring physician network.
About HLA Today
What is HLA Today?
The HLA Today program offers community hematology/oncology physicians a simple process to HLA type patients with newly diagnosed AML or high-risk MDS.
We provide community hematologists/oncologists with buccal swab kits. At the time of AML or high-risk MDS diagnosis, staff swab the patient’s cheek and send the completed kit to the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® for HLA typing.
After seven to 10 days, we provide the community hematologist/oncologist with high-resolution HLA typing and a preliminary donor search report on donor matches from the Be The Match Registry®. The report emphasizes the need for early referral to a transplant center.
A physician from the NMDP/Be The Match is also available to connect with the referring physician to discuss the report and answer any questions. Your transplant center can also receive the patient’s preliminary search report and HLA results if requested by the referring physician to ensure continuum of care for the patient.
There is no cost to the provider or patient.
How can my center get involved?
Contact our HLA Today team to learn more about the program and discuss how we can work together to reach your referral network. You can reach our team at HLAToday@nmdp.org.
Where can our referring physicians get more information on the program?
Information for referring physicians—including a kit request form—is available on BeTheMatchClinical.org. Access the webpage.