Cord Blood Transplant

Consider cord blood a graft source to extend transplant availability 

Cord blood is a valuable graft source for clinicians to consider early in the search process.

Existence: The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® lists greater than 266,000 cord blood units from domestic member cord blood banks, represents 500,000 units on upfront searches and has visibility into over 800,000 units worldwide through cooperative registry relationships.

Deliverability: Characterized and cryopreserved, cord blood units are readily available for release on your patient’s timeline, often in less than two weeks.

Obtainability: Cord blood is immune privileged, allowing greater matching flexibility that can overcome HLA barriers. Especially in patients with a low likelihood of a 10/10 related or unrelated donor, cord blood can extend the availability of transplant, including to those patients who are ethnically diverse.

If you don’t use cord blood often in your practice, we have services available to assist you in choosing the best cord blood unit for your patient and caring for your patient pre- and post-transplant.

Download the NMDP/Be The Match Cord Blood eBook

Explore our Cord Blood Unit Selection considerations and Transplant services.


Search and Testing: Access forms to request confirmatory typing of cord blood units. For a high-level overview of the cord blood unit confirmatory typing process that must be performed before a CBU is available for shipment to your transplant center, visit our Cord Blood Typing page.

Workup and Transplant: Access forms for cord blood shipment requests.

Cord Blood Benefits and Use Considerations

From expanding the donor pool to more patients in need and greater speed to transplant to lower incidence of chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) and greater graft-versus-leukemia effect, discover the potential benefits of choosing cord blood as a graft source for your patients.

Cord Blood Transplant Resources & Research

Explore support options available for you and your team as you consider cord blood as a graft source for your patient. Also access journal articles related to cord blood transplantation.

Cord Blood Consultation Service

Discover how you can get direct access to an experienced cord blood transplant physician practicing in a transplant center. The physician can help you select the best CBU for your patient and guide you through any pre- and post-transplant care considerations or questions you may have.

Cord Blood Bank Global Search Tool

Access a listing of domestic and international cord blood banks, including identification codes; the median turnaround time of typing and shipment requests; and location of source in the Unified List Type in MatchSource®. Or, explore additional resources to aid in international CBU selection and planning.

Cord Blood Shipment and Infusion

Explore information on requesting a cord blood unit for shipment and details of the process for shipment, receipt and transfusion.


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