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Getting the transplant would significantly increase her chances of recovery to 70%!
A person’s best chance of finding a donor may be with someone of the same ethnic background.
Our climber friend Caryn was diagnosed with a rare and especially aggressive form of adult leukemia. Within a week of diagnosis, she was hospitalized, submitted to sessions of chemotherapy, and has undergone several blood transfusions. Despite her young (32) age, with chemotherapy alone, the survival rate is only 10%. Tragically, with the rare mutation, her doctors have explained that she will need a bone marrow (blood stem cell) transplant.
We also learned that there have been so many blood stem cell donation mysteries and false beliefs that caused the low participation. The below Chart summarize some common false beliefs and the truth you can learn.
ACT joined Swab For Caryn Campain, as well as the educational journey to learn about bone marrow transplants. We learned that when it comes to matching HLA types, a patient’s ethnic background is important in predicting the likelihood of finding a match. This is because HLA markers used in matching are inherited. Some ethnic groups have more complex tissue types than others.
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