Which treatment is best: cord blood or bone marrow?

Best results and most experience is with standard Bone Marrow Transplantation. For thalassemia there is no strong evidence that cord blood is superior to bone marrow. Thus cord blood collection and storage from a healthy newborn sibling is not recommended. Bone marrow collection can be safely performed on the healthy matched sibling as early as 6 months of life.

These answers have been prepared by:
- Dr. Lawrence Faulkner, Cure2Children medical team coordinator
- Dr. Sadaf Khalid, Cure2Children Pakistan branch coordinator