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Bone Marrow Donor Eligibility
It is simple: You can register in the national marrow donor program (called nmdp or be the match). Look it up in the internet or you can go to your local hospital blood bank and ask them to register you as a volunteer/potential donor. ...Read more
Bone marrow is the flexible tissue found in the interior of bones. In humans, red blood cells are produced in the heads of long bones, in a process known as hematopoesis. On average, bone marrow constitutes 4% of the total body mass of humans; in an adult weighing 65 kilograms (140 lb), bone marrow accounts for approximately ...Read more
The donor for a transplant typically gives peripheral blood stem cells rather than bone marrow. This involves getting some shots under the skin for a few days and then cells are collected from the blood. There usually is not much discomfort.
Bone marrow harvests require anesthesia so the donor does not feel discomfort during the collections but may have mild-moderate sitffness or soreness. ...Read more
Call your local bloo: Your local blood bank can guide you. You can also check with the national marrow donor program (nmdp) also called: "be the match)". They will ask you to fill up a form about your personal contact information and take your cheek cells for hla typing and keep your information in the nmdp for future patients who might match with your hla type. ...Read more
Having some: If you are in good health, do not have any cancers / immune disorders or other significant medical conditions, then you should be screened for eligibility / compatibility as a donor. The american red cross has some information on this, or can visit: http://marrow. Org/home. Aspx for more information. ...Read more
Currently the policy of the national marrow donor program (nmdp), and its affiliated
blood centers which register donors, is to permit only those between the ages of 18 and
60 to register as donors who is healthy enough to that.
There a movement to have young people 15-17 years able to register. ...Read more
Be healthy.: A potential donor ideally will be between the ages of 18 and 44, although you can register for donation up to the age of 60, and family members over 60 may be used if necessary. You must be healthy, with no serious illnesses, severe allergies, history of cancer or any blood problem that could be passed on by donation. ...Read more
Yes: This happens on rare occasions, and is not a long term issue for the donor. ...Read more
Bone marrow donor:
Being a bone marrow or stem cell volunteer donor is easy to do. You will not qualify if you have exposure to certain blood-borne illnesses such certain types of viral hepatitis or hiv.
Go to this site and it will walk you through the steps to be put on the registry:
http://marrow. Org/join/join_the_registry. Aspx. ...Read more
What do you advise if I'm seriously considering to become a bone-marrow donor. What "factors" need to match?
HLA-matching: Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) is a kind of tissue typing (tested from the blood white cells or buccal swab cells) that is used in matching patient and donor for bone marrow transplantation. Identical twins have essentially the same HLA type. Siblings from the same set of parents have a better chance of matching than other relatives. Unrelated donors can be found for a majority of Caucasians. ...Read more
How to become a bone marrow donor? I'm interested in becoming a bone marrow donor, but I don't know anything about what that procedure involves.
Speak to your local red cross representative. They may be able to do testing, or refer to you a hospital where you can be tested.
The procedure for harvesting a bone marrow sample is often painful, as you have to pierce the iliac crest in your hip to get to it. This will be anesthetized, but it can still often be painful. ...Read more
BM: You can also enroll as a donor in bethematch. Com ...Read more
Check Internet: A good place to start is: http://marrow. Org/home. Aspx under "learn the facts" you can get more information on process, faqs, requirments, etc. ...Read more
I'm really considering signing up to be a bone marrow donor but my question is what is the possible side effects of the procedure? Short & long term.
Maybe in California: Bone marrow donation is a voluntary act and it is illegal to pay a donor under the national organ transplant act. However, a recent ruling by an appeals court in california has ruled that people who donate bone marrow cells in a process of stem cell leukapheresis can be paid for doing so. This is still controversial and is not endorsed by the national marrow donor program. ...Read more
I am curious if chosen to be a bone marrow donor, can I have the procedure done at my local hospital?
Requires dialogue wi: This requires coordination between the doctor who is treating the recepient. Bone marrow donation can involve one of two procedures, either blood stem cell donation which can be done at a blood bank or a bone marrow aspiration under anesthesia which has to be done by a doctor in the or. It is best to speak with the folks who are asking for your help in donating your stem cells. ...Read more
Tried 2 register as bone marrow donor online but it said I cant cuz of chronic pain. I have well-controlled fibromyalgia&my dr said I can prob do it.??
Thank you: Fibromyalgia does not exclude you from being a donor. Thank you for your generosity and willingness to help others. If that is your only health problem answer no to the chronic pain question or talk with one of the hospital nurses who deal with trandant and bone marrow donations. ...Read more
Not a good one: Technically yes. However- it will not be a good donor for his parents. He has half genetic pattern from his mother and another half from his father. So, he will not be a full match for either his mother nor his father. It would be better for the mother or the father to get a donor either from their siblings or from unrelated donor or from cord blood donor. ...Read more
I'm waiting to be a bone marrow donor, but have enlarged lymph nodes, will this hinder my, donation?
Evaluation: You should be evaluated for cause of large lymph nodes and if is benign you are ok for donation. ...Read more
I applied to be a bone marrow donor and was denied because I wrote that I had HGH treatments as a child. Why is that? How does HGH effect the bone marrow/stem cells? Does it damage it in some way?
Synthetic HGH is OK: This rule truly should only apply to people who got human cadaveric GH as there have been cases of slow virus infection. For the last 2-3 decades GH has been produced from recombinant DNA in a lab. Unfortunately the rules have excluded you, but determining case by case safety would be difficult for the donation team. ...Read more
My father died about 5 years ago from multiple myeloma. I was the bone marrow donor for his transplant. I am an only child and am wondering about my risk factor for myeloma, especially since my marrow was considered a good match.
An nci study is looking at characterizing families that may be at higher risk to identify causes:
screening individuals and families at high risk for hematologic cancers
http://clinicaltrials. Gov/ct2/show/nct00052234? Term=nct00052234&rank=1. ...Read more
It is a great idea:
There is need for bone marrow (stem cell) donors for the benefit of those who have blood cancers for which bone marrow transpalnt/stem cell transplant is life saving.
You can contact your local blood bank to guide you or look up national marrow donor program (nmdp), also called: be the match program. They will guide you how to become a donor which is a very simple procedure. ...Read more
No: The donor would be completely fine.Get a more detailed answer ›
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more