BONE MARROW INFORMATION:
Each year, many people in Australia and New Zealand are diagnosed with leukemia* or other serious blood disorders. Often a bone marrow transplant is the only hope for a cure.
In Australia, the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMR) manages donors who are willing to donate their bone marrow or blood stem cells to patients with leukaemia and other blood disorders.
In New Zealand, this role is carried out by the New Zealand Bone Marrow Donor Registry (NZBMDR).
In the past, patients who needed a stem cell transplant received a “bone marrow transplant” because the stem cells were collected from the bone marrow. Today, stem cells are usually collected from the blood, instead of the bone marrow. For this reason, in many places, they are now more commonly called stem cell transplants.