IACAN Marrow Program

For patients with life threatening cancers like Leukemia, Lymphoma, Sickle Cell and several other diseases, the only possible cure is a Marrow Transplant. Some patients are able to get the Transplant from a sibling, but most have to rely on an Unrelated Donor.

Matching is checked through tissue typing the Patient's and Donor's HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigens) and a perfect match of 10 out of 10 HLA Types is required for the best chance of the Transplant to succeed. Because tissue types are inherited, patients are most likely to match someone of their own race or ethnicity. There is a 95% likely-hood that a South Asian will match another South Asian, and out of the 10 Million Donors in the database, South Asians are estimated to be less than 2%.

IACAN works with Gulf Coast Marrow Program, the Houston Affiliate of the National Marrow Donor Program. With their support, IACAN’s goal is to Educate, Promote and Register South Asians in to the NMDP Registry.

Email us if you

  • Are a family member that needs a transplant
  • Wish to join the Registry
  • Received a call from NMDP that you matached and wish to consult a specialist (we will assure confidentiality)



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What Next?


If you have been contacted by representatives of NMDP/BetheMatch, and you would like to seek our help please call or email us and we will help you by putting you in touch with experienced counselors and oncologists.



Email: iiacan.marrow@gmail.com

or iacannetwork@gmail.com

Phone: 713-370-3489

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