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Why People Need a Bone Marrow DonationA patient needs a bone marrow transplant when a disease negatively affects how her own bone marrow produces blood-forming cells. Many times this source of healthy cells comes from an allogenic transplant, or related donor transplant, which is when a family member or unrelated person donates their cells.
- Bone marrow: The cells inside your bones
- Peripheral blood: Circulating blood from which doctors collect stem cells.
- Umbilical cords: The doctors collect blood from umbilical cords after the birth of a baby.