More than 1.3 million potential bone-marrow donors in Poland

There are already over 1.3 million potential bone-marrow donors in Poland - and in Europe, Poland is second only to Germany, a Polish consultant in the field of haematology, prof. Wieslaw Jedrzejczak said.

Worldwide, the number of potential bone-marrow donors, from whom haematopoietic stem cells can be harvested, is rapidly increasing. The stem cells can used in transplantations to treat haematopoietic diseases such as leukemia, lymphomas and myeloma, and are referred to as “allogeneic transplants” (from foreign donors).

According to the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA), an organisation which registers bone marrow donors, at the beginning of 2018, there were already 30.4 million people in the world, who were tested and declared themselves as willing to donate their cells to patients who have similar tissue compatibility.

In recent years, one of the largest databases of potential Polish bone-marrow donors shows that there are already more than 1.3 million willing donors. In this respect, Poland is already second in Europe, just behind Germany. Great Britain holds third place.

Having a large database of potential bone marrow donors means that more and more Poles who are ill can benefit from stem cell transplantation. It is also becoming increasingly possible to search for donors in Poland.

According to prof. Jedrzejczak, already 63 percent of patients who underwent haematopoietic cell transplantation in Poland, in 2017, received stem cells from a Polish donor.