Prevalence of hematopoietic cell transplant survivors in the United States

Navneet S. Majhail, Li Tao, Christopher Bredeson, Stella Davies, Jason Dehn, James L. Gajewski, Theresa Hahn, Ann Jakubowski, Steven Joffe, Hillard M. Lazarus, Susan K. Parsons, Kim Robien, Stephanie J. Lee, Karen M. Kuntz

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Advances in hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) have led to an increasing number of transplant survivors. To adequately support their healthcare needs, there is a need to know the prevalence of HCT survivors. We used data on 170,628 recipients of autologous and allogeneic HCT reported to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research from 1968 to 2009 to estimate the current and future number of HCT survivors in the United States. Stacked cohort simulation models were used to estimate the number of HCT survivors in the United States in 2009 and to make projections for HCT survivors by the year 2030. There were 108,900 (range, 100,500 to 115,200) HCT survivors in the United States in 2009. This included 67,000 autologous HCT and 41,900 allogeneic HCT survivors. The number of HCT survivors is estimated to increase by 2.5 times by the year 2020 (242,000 survivors) and 5 times by the year 2030 (502,000 survivors). By 2030, the age at transplant will be<18years for 14% of all survivors (n=64,000), 18 to 59years for 61% survivors (n=276,000), and 60years and older for 25% of survivors (n=113,000). In coming decades, a large number of individuals will be HCT survivors. Transplant center providers, hematologists, oncologists, primary care physicians, and other specialty providers will need to be familiar with the unique and complex health issues faced by this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1498-1501
Number of pages4
JournalBiology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2013

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Financial disclosure: The CIBMTR is supported by Public Health Service Grant/Cooperative Agreement U24-CA76518 from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) , the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; a Grant/Cooperative Agreement 5U01HL069294 from NHLBI and NCI; a contract HHSH234200637015 C with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA/DHHS) ; two grants ( N00014-06-1-0704 and N00014-08-1-0058 ) from the Office of Naval Research ; grants from Allos, Inc. , Amgen, Inc. , and Angioblast; an anonymous donation to the Medical College of Wisconsin; as well as support from Ariad; Be the Match Foundation; Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association; Buchanan Family Foundation; CaridianBCT; Celgene Corporation; CellGenix, GmbH; Children's Leukemia Research Association; Fresenius-Biotech North America, Inc.; Gamida Cell Teva Joint Venture Ltd.; Genentech, Inc.; Genzyme Corporation; GlaxoSmithKline; HistoGenetics, Inc.; Kiadis Pharma; The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; The Medical College of Wisconsin; Merck & Co, Inc.; Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Co.; Milliman USA, Inc.; Miltenyi Biotec, Inc.; National Marrow Donor Program; Optum Healthcare Solutions, Inc.; Osiris Therapeutics, Inc.; Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.; RemedyMD; Sanofi; Seattle Genetics; Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals; Soligenix, Inc.; StemCyte, A Global Cord Blood Therapeutics Co.; Stemsoft Software, Inc.; Swedish Orphan Biovitrum; Tarix Pharmaceuticals; Teva Neuroscience, Inc.; THERAKOS, Inc.; and Wellpoint, Inc. The views expressed in this article do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Institute of Health, the Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense, or any other agency of the US Government.


  • Allogeneic
  • Autologous
  • Hematopoietic cell transplantation
  • Prevalence
  • Survivors


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