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Cord Blood Consultation

Advice for cord blood unit selection and transplantation

Selecting the best cord blood unit (CBU) for your patient isn’t the same as selecting an unrelated adult donor. Different considerations go into your decision. You may have questions about what makes one CBU a better choice than another. That’s why we offer a Cord Blood Consultation service.

When you request the service, we connect you with a member of our NMDP Clinical Services or Medical Services team who is experienced in CBU selection and transplantation. The physician will call you to discuss your specific patient case and provide guidance based on the nature of advice requested.

If you requested Search Strategy Advice, the physician can provide the final selection and rationale behind the cord blood unit selection. In addition, the physician can discuss conditioning regimens and prophylactic antivirals and antifungals to support you in pre‑and post‑transplant care.

How to Request a Cord Blood Consultation

It only takes two steps to request a Cord Blood Consultation. First, make sure your patient’s case has been entered into MatchSource®. Then, you can request a consultation with the following information:

  • Patient’s NMDP ID
  • Your contact information (email, pager or phone)
  • Best time to reach you

One of our team members will review your request and contact you within 24 hours.

"You will need expertise in picking the cord blood graft, which is admittedly more complicated than picking a matched related donor. [The Cord Consultation service] is a very helpful service that the NMDP can provide"


–Leland Metheny, MD, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center

Benefits of Cord Blood Consultation

Our Cord Blood Consultation service is most valuable for your patient searches that have a low likelihood of a 10/10 adult donor match. However, you can request a consultation for any patient search.

You receive Cord Blood Consultation as part of your participation in our Network. There is no extra cost to your center or your patients.


Contact your Case Manager or Clinical Operations Partner if you have questions or would like more information.