O ne of the obstacles on the way of successful stem cell transplant is problems in finding a good match for the recipient.
“There is only 25% chance that siblings offer one another a human leukocyte antigen match (or simply a tissue type match) while in 75% of cases patients need to find a match from unrelated donors,” Dr. Azim Mehrvar, head of MAHAK Specialized Pediatric Cancer Hospital, was quoted by ISNA as saying.
Last month, MAHAK opened a stem cell registry to facilitate the search for donors who are a match to blood disorder patients — the first of its kind in Iran.
The best transplant outcome happens when a patient’s HLA and the donor’s HLA closely match. HLA is a protein – or marker – found on most cells in a body and is used to match with a donor for bone marrow or cord blood transplant.
All people between the ages of 18 and 50 can come to the center and register to help…