You’ve never met. But, for someone who’s facing blood cancer, you might just be the most important person in the world.
Check your eligibility
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.
Do you live in the UK?
Is this your first registration with a stem cell donor registry?
Please enter your date of birth.
Please enter your details
You are an eligible donor!
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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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
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
We’ll send a swab kit straight to your home. When it arrives, please follow the instructions and swab the insides of your cheeks. Then simply seal your swabs in the envelope provided, pop it in the pre-paid return envelope and drop it in the post.
Once your swabs have been returned and your tissue type has been analysed, your details will be placed anonymously on the UK stem cell registry where they will be available for national and international donor searches for people in desperate need.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M SOMEONE’S MATCH?
You can be a lifesaver on standby until you are 61. If you are identified as a potential match for someone, we will contact you to confirm your availability, talk you through the whole process and arrange further tests to check your suitability for the patient.
The process is completely anonymous. However, depending on the patient’s country of residence, and only if both parties agree, a donor and patient may be able to get in touch with each other after two years.
WHAT’S THE DONATION PROCESS LIKE?
90% of stem cell donations are made via a peripheral blood stem cell collection. Here blood is taken from one of your arms and passed through a machine that isolates some of your blood stem cells. Your blood is then returned to you through your other arm. This method usually takes 4-6 hours.
In 10% of cases, stem cell donation is made via a bone marrow extraction. Here, marrow is extracted from the back of the hip bone (not the spine) under general anaesthetic. This method usually takes 1-2 hours.