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Your age, location and current health status are important. Check to see if you can become a blood stem cell donor.

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As a registered donor, you will be on standby to save life.

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Is this your first registration with a stem cell donor registry?

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Do you have a chronic illness or belong to a risk group?

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Thank you! You can become a potential donor! That’s it. You’re now on the road to becoming a lifesaving blood stem cell donor.

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We can only register people who live in the UK.

 

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To register as a potential blood stem cell donor, you must be between the ages of 17-55.

 

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Unfortunately you are not eligible to become a donor.

 

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To register you must weight at least 7 stone/13 lbs / 50 kg with a BMI below 40.

 

But there are still many other ways to help!

 

Do you suffer from any of the following diseases or you belong to one of the following risk groups?

Before you register, please check that you are able to donate by looking at the list below.

You won‘t be able to register if you have/ have had any of the following:

  • Heart diseases (e.g. previous heart attack, coronary heart disease)
  • Lung diseases ((i.e. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease)
  • Diseases of the haematopoietic system
  • Severe kidney diseases
  • Blood disorders (i.e. Thalassaemia Major, Protein C, Protein S or Antithrombin deficiency)
  • Thrombosis
  • Neurological disorders (i.e. Epilepsy, Parkinson‘s disorder)
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune conditions (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn‘s disease)
  • Infectious diseases, (e.g. HIV or AIDS, Hepatitis B and C)
  • Diabetes Type 1 and 2 (if your Diabetes Type 2 is controlled by diet and there are no other risk factors)
  • Weight under 7 stone 12 lbs/50 kg
  • Obesity (i.e. with a body mass index (BMI) > 40)

If you have or have had in the past, a chronic or serious condition, or take any medication regularly, please discuss this with a member of the DKMS UK team for initial guidance by calling us on T:020 8747 5620

How to become a blood stem cell donor

How to become a blood stem cell donor with DKMS
How to become a blood stem cell donor with DKMS

Watch this short video to see what it means to be a potential blood stem cell donor. A two-minute cheek swab will put you on standby to save a life.

About the collection methods

DKMS UK's first donor Shuhel

The odds are, you may never be called upon, but if you are, that’s when you will have the opportunity to give someone else a second chance of life by donating some of your blood stem cells in one of two ways. It's really important to read about the methods used to collect blood stem cells, as you need to be comfortable with doing both.

Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Collection

Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Collection

This is when blood stem cells are collected from the donor’s blood stream by removing blood from one arm, running it through a machine that separates out the stem cells, then returning the blood to the donor through their other arm. Around 90% of donations are carried out using this method. This is a non surgical outpatient procedure and takes around 4-6 hours.

Bone Marrow Collection

Bone Marrow Collection

This is when the blood stem cells are collected from the bone marrow at the back of the hip bone. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic so that no pain is experienced. The collection itself takes 1-2 hours and most donors return to their regular activities within a week. This method is only used in around 10% of cases.

 

To ensure that you are able to donate enough blood-forming cells for the transplant, you will receive daily G-CSF injections for four consecutive days before your donation. On the first three days, your injection will be given to you by a nurse at your home or work. The fourth injection will be given to you at the hospital prior to donation. G-CSF (granulocyte-colony stimulating factor) is a naturally occurring growth hormone that stimulates the production of stem cells in the blood of the donor before collection.

We will provide on-going support after the collection process as we care about the details of your recovery. We will contact you on a regular basis after your donation to check the status of your physical condition and it is also important to contact us directly if you have any concerns, or wish to discuss any symptoms you experience. You should expect a phone call on the day following your donation and then weekly until you report a full recovery. As part of your long-term aftercare, we will be in contact with you on occasion for the next ten years.

 

You will have a general anaesthetic and may be under anaesthesia for one to two hours depending on the time needed for the collection of the stem cells. The doctor will insert a special needle through two tiny incisions in the skin over the back of the hip bone (not your spine). The incisions are less than one-fourth of an inch long and usually do not usually require stitches. The collection itself takes round about 60 minutes, and you will be positioned lying on your front. Doctors use sterile needles to remove liquid marrow containing blood stem cells, roughly one litre, which is round about 5% of your bone marrow. Two weeks after donation, your bone marrow will have recovered fully, and the hip bone will have fully healed within six weeks.

We will provide ongoing support and advice as we care about the details of your recovery after the collection process. We will contact you on a regular basis after your donation to ask about your physical condition and it is also important to contact us directly if you have any concerns or wish to discuss any symptoms you experience. You should expect a phone call on the day following your donation and then weekly until you report a full recovery. As part of your long-term aftercare, we will be in contact with you on occasion for the next ten years.

Good to know...

  • Blood cancer can be curable if a matching donor can be found.
  • Even though there are over 27 million people on the worldwide register, this isn’t enough. Many people in the UK still can't find a suitable matching donor.
  • It is rare to find matching donors, so you may never be called upon at all. There is a 4-5% chance of being someone's match in the next 10 years.
  • Your blood stem cells will completely replenish themselves within 2-3 weeks of the collection.
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  • Your blood stem cells will never be stored, they last for around 72 hours and are delivered straight to the person in need by a special courier.
  • You will stay on the register until your 61st birthday!
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