If you are reading this section you are likely to have received the wonderful news that a request has been made on behalf of a patient who needs some of your stem cells. Or, you might be reading this because you are considering registering with us and want to find out more.
Find out more about the process if you are called upon as a match, all the way from swab to donation.The process explained
Being a donor
Please read the information we sent you in the post and call your DKMS Co-ordinator as soon as possible so that they can:
- provide you with more information on what the next steps are.
- review your completed health questionnaire to be sure it is safe for you to donate.
- answer any questions you might have.
- explain the two methods of donating blood stem cells.
About the collection process
Once you’ve been identified as a potential match, we’ll be in touch to inform you of the good news and to go through a detailed information session with one of our Donor Request Co-ordinators.
When will I know if I can donate?
Following your confirmatory blood test, if it is determined that you are the best possible match for a patient, we will:
- schedule an information session over the phone to explain the specifics of your donation.
- schedule a medical assessment to make sure the donation is safe for both you and the patient.
- ask you to donate using one of the two methods described here.
Understand your commitment if you match a patient, your commitment to donate is very important, but you have the right to change your mind. However, a late decision to not donate can be life-threatening for the patient. We ask that you consider this decision seriously. More information about being a donor is provided in our Donor Handbook. This handbook will help you to make an informed decision. If you are unable to participate, please let us know.
We will organise a blood sample to rule out any infectious diseases such as hepatitis and to verify if you are actually a suitable match. This process is called Confirmatory Typing (CT).We will inform you of any unexpected results. All information is strictly confidential. We will then wait to hear from the patient’s doctors, as to whether they want to go ahead with you as a donor. It usually takes about 2-3 months to hear back from patient’s doctors.