By joining the WBMDR, you are increasing the chances of patients needing a bone marrow transplant to find their match and have a second chance at life.
What is the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry?
The WBMDR is a panel of donors who have volunteered to become bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell donors. We search the panel every day to try and find donors whose tissue type is a close match to patients who need life-saving bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell transplants.
What is a bone marrow transplant?
A bone marrow transplant is a medical procedure that replaces damaged blood cells with healthy ones. Bone marrow transplants are also known as stem cell transplants and are used to treat certain types of cancers and other blood and immune system diseases that affect the bone marrow.
Who needs a stem cell transplant?
Stem cell transplants are usually a person’s last chance at living. They are carried out when all other treatments have not helped. A bone marrow transplant can successfully treat patients with diseases and conditions in the bone marrow that affect the blood cells, such as:
- Severe aplastic anaemia (bone marrow failure)
- Certain blood, immune system and metabolic disorders.