As global coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, it impacted all of us in a variety of ways and continues to change the way we live. Cancer care too has been severely disrupted: closed borders made travel challenging, research has been interrupted, and patients' treatment has been postponed in many cases.
Patients awaiting results of bone marrow donor search in foreign registries had to adjust to a new reality as registries stopped shipping donors' cells abroad. This meant patients had to either risk postponing bone marrow transplants, or agree to riskier transplants from half-matched relatives. For a minority of patients, a small patchwork of domestic registries may turn up a good match.
For now, uncertainty around pandemic and closed borders led to a freeze in foreign registry searches. We don't know how long it is going to last, but we expect that demand for foreign donors will resume once international travel becomes safe. We will keep you updated on any changes impacting our project and the patients we support during these unprecedented times. For now, please stay safe and take good care of yourselves. Thank you for staying with us!
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