When you join our registry, you are making a commitment to answer the call when a patient needs you to donate your cells for a marrow transplant. Learn more about the bone marrow donation process and what patients and donors can expect.
Not everyone on Be The Match Registry® will match and be asked to donate to a patient. In fact, the chances of donating are 1 in 540. If you are asked to donate, the patient’s doctor has chosen you as the best donor.
If you are identified as a potential match for a patient, the Be The Match representatives will work with you through the following steps:
- Update your Health Information – You will be asked to confirm your commitment to donate, and complete a thorough health questionnaire.
- Participate in an Information Session – We will speak with you about the two methods of donation: marrow or PBSC, their possible risks and potential side effects. This 90- minute session is designed to fully inform you about donation. You will have many opportunities to ask questions and will be asked if you’re willing to proceed with the donation.
- Sign a Consent Form – If you agree to donate, you will be asked to confirm your decision by signing a consent to donate form.
- Undergo a Physical Exam – You will have a physical exam to see if donating would pose any risk to you or the patient.
- Give Blood Samples – Before you donate you will be asked to give several blood samples. This is usually done in two to four appointments. These will be scheduled by your donor center.
- Donate – After the above steps are completed successfully, you will proceed with donating peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) or bone marrow.
The video below shows the two donation procedures:
PBSC Donation Procedure
Marrow Donation Procedure
“Donating bone marrow was probably the single most important thing I’ve ever done in my life”
– Afranna Yasmeen.