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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.
Your age, location and health are importantSee if you are eligible
As a registered donor, you will be on standby to save life.
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Have you had any of these conditions?
Before you register, please check that you are able to donate by looking at the list below.
You will NOT be able to register if you have any of the following conditions:
- Weight under 7 stone 12lbs/50kg
- Obesity (i.e. body mass index (BMI) >40)
- Severe heart, lung or kidney diseases
- Severe illness of the central nervous system
- Mental Illness
- Severe metabolic diseases
- Additctions (alcohol, drugs, tablets)
- Severe tropical infectious diseases
- Infectious diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, Syphilis
- Systemic autoimmune diseases or other severe chronic illnesses (e.g. diabetes or rheumatism)
- Cancer (including being cancer-free, but having had cancer in the past)
- Diseases of the haematopoeitic system (blood disorders)
You WILL be able to register as a blood stem cell donor, without additional consultation, if the following criteria applies to you:
- Englarged Thyroid or Underactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism/Hashimotio's Thyroiditis stable and symptom-free. NOT Graves' disease)
- Iron-deficiency anaemia (if treatable with iron supplement)
- Hay fever, mild asthma, food allergy
- Basalioma and cervical carcinomain situ (if fully removed)
- Unipolar depression (mild depressio, no previous manic episodes without any limitations in daily life)
- High blood pressure (stable and well-controlled)
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
About the collection methods
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
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
This is when the blood stem cells are collected from the bone marrow at the back of the hip bone (not the spine). 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.
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.
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