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How Much Does Bone Marrow Donation Pay
A little.: The actually collection of blood stem cells uses a machine connected to the donor through a needle in a vein, and is much like donated blood and not painful. To get the stem cells into the blood stream, donors are given neupogen, a drug to force stem cells into the blood. That drug can cause bone aching for a few days.It feels much like body aching when you have the flu, if it occurs. ...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
Too much.: A bmt and all of the aftercare needed would be very expensive, easily in the hundreds of thousands of dollars if paid for at "standard rates." insurance companies negotiate rates for transplants on behalf of their beneficiaries, but it still is very expensive. Sometimes academic will agree to give charity care, but a bmt would be beyond what they usually do. ...Read more
Register as a Donor: You can register in any blood bank by asking about the national marrow donor program(nmdp) also called: be the match registry. It is simple to register as a potential donor by giving a sample of body cells, usually taken from inside of your cheek. Once they find your body cells match someone in need they will call you to donate your blood stem cells or marrow stem cells. ...Read more
Not long. : The process of becoming a donor is lengthy and very time consuming. However, actually giving stem cells (or bone marrow) takes usually several hours. Marrow is collected in the or and takes 2-3 hours. Stem cells can also be taken from an IV like giving blood. But this may takes several hours. Thanks for considering marrow donation. ...Read more
None: There have been considerations for paying volunteer donors, but currently this is not the practice. ...Read more
About 4-6 weeks: There are 2 steps- the first is to collect your stem cells which usually is a 5-15 day process. Then the next step is the transplant phase which usually involves about a week of therapy, then getting your own saved cells thawed and infused back to you like a blood transfusion (over an hour for instance), then 2-4 weeks of recovery. ...Read more
Under gen anesthesia: Donating bone marrow for transplantation entails a procedure called bone marrow harvesting. The donor is placed under general anesthesia and turned over to lie on his/her belly to expose the hip bones on the back. Multiple aspirations of bone marrow are collected (average about 1 liter) at adjacent sites on the hip bone on both sides until a particular number of cells are reached. ...Read more
Usually nothing: You stated "donate" which means you give without expecting payment. There are exceptions, if you have an unusual antibody or protein that will be used for testing -- and then it is usually $100/contribution. However, generally, payments are not given because we cannot run the risk of incentivizing donors to mislead on the forms. ...Read more
It varies, depending: It depends on what they are looking for in the bone marrow. If it is for a blood disorder we would order specific tests necessary to make the diagnosis. If it if for poor blood formation then it is simply looking for various blood cells and not be doing too much further specialized tests. My estimate would be that it is upwards of $250....could add up to $1,000, if additional tests are added . ...Read more
See below: The chance of you matching a non-sibling individual in order to donate marrow is less than 1 in 1 million. You can register to be on the national marrow donor program. That way, if there is someone out there that needs a marrow donor, you can be found if you are a match. It's very honorable of you to do this. http://www.nmdp.org/. ...Read more
How long does it take to become transfusion independent after the bone marrow transplantation for thalassemia?
About 1-3 months: The seattle cancer care alliance site has information on bone marrow transplants: www.Seattlecca.Org the time after transplant is the "engraftment" period (1.5-4 wk) when doctors watch for the transplant to "take" and grow inside the patient. After engraftment, there is a 3 month recovery period when the patient lives near the hospital and is monitored for growth of his new bone marrow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: If you volunteer for the bone marrow registry you agree to donate for free. It is illegal to charge for transplanted organs or tissues, other than the costs involved in collecting the tissue. You can be paid by a company that wants marrow for a non-transplant reason like research or other commercial purpose. ...Read more
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
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