Finding a match

The search process is activated immediately the BMDP receives a request for the transplant centre containing the details of Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) markers of the patient. These HLA markers are found in almost every cell of the body and are used to identify a matching donor for each patient.

The new blood stem cells can be donated from someone else – either from an adult donor’s blood or bone marrow or from umbilical cord.