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Every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Fast-growing blood cancers like acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) can become life-threatening if left untreated because they can quickly spread to other parts of the body, including the brain and spinal cord. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) can provide an important option in improving outcomes for appropriate patients.

VOD, also known as sinusoidal obstruction syndrome, begins in the liver and can quickly affect other vital organs, most notably the kidneys and lungs. It is a rare and potentially deadly complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) occurring in approximately 9-14% of HSCT patients.