Learn more about the bone marrow donation process and what donors can expect.
5 Steps of Bone Marrow Donation
1. Sign Up
Complete consent form & swab.
2. Stay Committed
Wait for the call.
3. Additional Testing
A blood sample will determine if you are the
4. Physical Exam
Patient safety is our priority.
5. Donate Marrow
Donate in one of two ways:
PBSC – Take Filgrastin 5 days prior to donating to increase the number of blood-forming cells. Through a nonsurgical procedure called aphaeresis, blood stem cells will be collected.
Liquid Marrow – Under anesthesia, Doctors use a needle to withdraw liquid marrow from the back pelvic bone.
When you join the registry, you are making a commitment to answer the call when a patient needs you to donate your cells for a marrow transplant.
Not everyone on the Be The Match Registry® will match and be asked to donate to a patient. In fact, the chances of donating are 1 in 430. 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, 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.
To join the Registry, please click below:
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.