• How does a person donate bone marrow?
    • The doctor decides between two procedures: One involves using marrow donation, in which the donor receives anesthesia and doctors use needles to withdraw liquid marrow from the back of the pelvic bone. This is an out-patient procedure and is becoming far less common than this next way to donate.

    • The more common method today is a non-surgical outpatient procedure and involves collecting circulating stem cells. The donor takes shots for five days before donation (to increase the number of blood forming cells in the blood stream). Then the stem cells are collected through a filtering of the blood as it is removed from the vein of one arm, goes through a machine that separates out the blood-forming cells, and then is put back into the other arm.

In either case, the body replaces the bone marrow or stem cells very quickly…

  • Where can I find out more about registering as a bone marrow donor?

Just visit the website below to find out all about registering as a bone marrow donor and the experience of donating bone marrow. You will find up-to-date information and read about how important it is to register as a bone marrow donor!

National Marrow Donor Program

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