References and links


American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures, 2008. Atlanta: American Cancer Society, 2008.

Canadian Cancer Society’s Steering Committee. Canadian Cancer Statistics, 2009. Toronto: Canadian Cancer Society, 2009.

Mori M, et al. HLA gene and haplotype frequencies in the North American population: the National Marrow Donor Program Donor Registry. Transplantation, 64(7):1017-1027, 1997.

Switzer GE, et al. Ethnic differences in donation-related characteristics among potential hematopoietic stem cell donors. Transplantation, 80(7): 890-896, 2005.

Dehn J, et al. Unrelated donor hematopoietic cell transplantation: factors associated with a better HLA match. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, 14(12):1334-1340, 2008.


Additional weblinks:

For information on leukemia and other cancers, visit the following sites:

 For patients and families looking for clinical trials to treat leukemia and other cancers, visit:


In memory

This article is dedicated to the memories of Emru Townsend (1969-2008), Carolyn Tam (1970-2009), and Suchitra Dhar (1944-2009), three brave friends who lost their battles with leukemia, but whose legacies of love, hope and determination will never be forgotten. Please visit and to read some of their stories.

Thanks also to John Bromley, MaryLynn Pride, and Beth Amer at OneMatch, and Catherine Claeys at the NMDP for providing helpful information and feedback.


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