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About Bone Marrow Donation
The information is strictly confidential. The database of public registries can be searched by transplant center coordinators and registry search coordinating units worldwide. This is performed on behalf of patients everywhere in need of suitably matched marrow donors.
If your Human Leukocyte Antigen Tissue Type (which equates to your genetic human fingerprint) matches that of a patient, the registry’s regional donor center will contact you and ask if you are willing to proceed with additional blood tests. If you are indeed a match, you will be counseled on the process involved in donating stem cells by a center coordinator. If you are tested privately and are a match, you most likely will hear from the patient’s physician.
For a donation of peripheral blood stem cells, the donor receives one injection of Filgrastim each day for four to five days. Filgrastim is a drug that increases the number of stem cells released from the bone marrow into the blood stream. The stem cells are collected from the blood stream through a process called apheresis. During apheresis, which is done at a blood center or a hospital, your blood is removed through a sterile needle placed in a vein in one arm and passed through an apheresis machine that separates out the stem cells. The remaining blood, minus the stem cells, is returned through a sterile needle placed in a vein in the other arm.
We also invite you to learn more about what it means to be a donor at www.marrow.org, the National Marrow Donor Program's official Web site.
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