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The search - All in for the perfect match

As the world’s leading blood stem cell donor centre, we are constantly improving our quality standards.

A blood cancer diagnosis is a shock and often marks the start of a race against time. For many patients, their only chance of survival is to find a matching blood stem cell donor, as fast as possible.

We devote our hearts and minds to the constant development of innovative ideas to make the search for a donor, and all the other processes around a blood stem cell donation, even faster and more effective.

We ask our donors to support us for a range of initiatives, such as:

  • Updating their donor profiles: we ask selected donor groups for a new sample to be typed again and to fill in a health questionnaire.
  • Detailed typing for a patient request: this involves an even more detailed comparison between a donor’s typing profile and that of a specific patient.
  • Donors with common HLA markers: we ask these donors to fill out a health questionnaire every two years and to confirm their willingness to donate in the event that they are to come up as a match. This means that if they do come up as a match for a patient, we can organize the donation even faster.
  • The Ancestry Initiative: we ask DKMS donors with rare typing profiles for their support – because the tissue characteristics of their relatives are often equally rare.

Do you need more information?

There are many ways to get involved and support our mission.

You could be raising awareness, join the registry, hosting your own event, taking on a fundraising challenge, or anything in between.
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