Suzanna M van Walraven

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OBJECTIVES To examine health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among sibling pediatric hematopoietic stem cell donors from predonation through 1 year postdonation, to compare donor-reported HRQoL scores with proxy-reports by parents/guardians and those of healthy norms, and to identify predonation factors (including donor age) potentially associated with(More)
BACKGROUND Relatives donating peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) may be accepted for donation on less strict criteria than unrelated donors. We evaluated the occurrence of adverse events during procedure and follow-up, with a special focus on donors who would have been deferred as unrelated donors. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS All 268 related PBSC donors at(More)
Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) mobilized peripheral haematopoietic progenitor cells collected by apheresis (HPC-A) are the most common source used for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Retrospective short and long-term donor follow-up studies show very low risks of serious complications and do not report compelling(More)
Umbilical cord blood transplantation from HLA-identical siblings provides good results in children. These results support targeted efforts to bank family cord blood units that can be used for a sibling diagnosed with a disease which can be cured by allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation or for research that investigates the use of allogeneic or(More)
Between 2001 and 2012, the number of unrelated donors registered worldwide increased from 7 to 21 million, and the number of public cord blood units increased to over 500,000. We addressed the question of whether this expansion resulted in higher percentages of patients reaching transplantation. Unrelated donor searches were evaluated for 3,124 eligible(More)
Every child with a life-limiting or threatening illness, and his or her family, has a right to palliative care. Palliative care is not limited to end-of-life care, but starts from the moment of diagnosis and is independent of whether there are curative options. To optimise quality of life of both the child and the family, the emphasis of care should be on(More)
The number of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplants performed globally each year continues to increase. Advances in HLA typing, better supportive care, and administration of reduced-intensity conditioning regimens allow treatment of older patients with older sibling donors. Pretransplant donor assessment and testing are very important(More)
International collaboration is essential for the optimal selection of unrelated hematopoietic stem cell donors. This review focuses on the benefit of a joint worldwide donor file called Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide and the experience of the Europdonor Foundation in selecting strategies to identify the best human leukocyte antigen-matched donor in the(More)
Related donors for hematopoietic cell (HC) transplantation are a growing population in recent years because of expanding indications for allogeneic transplantation. The safety and welfare of the donor are major concerns for the transplantation community, especially for related sibling donors of young recipients who are children and, thus, not able to fully(More)
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is a curative procedure for life-threatening hematologic diseases. Donation of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) from an unrelated donor, frequently residing in another country, may be the only option for 70% of those in need of unrelated hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. To maximize the opportunity to find the(More)
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