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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.

Before you register, please check that you are able to donate by looking at the list below.

You won‘t be able to register if you have/ have had any of the following:

  • Heart diseases (e.g. previous heart attack, coronary heart disease)
  • Lung diseases ((i.e. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease)
  • Diseases of the haematopoietic system
  • Severe kidney diseases
  • Blood disorders (i.e. Thalassaemia Major, Protein C, Protein S or Antithrombin deficiency)
  • Thrombosis
  • Neurological disorders (i.e. Epilepsy, Parkinson‘s disorder)
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune conditions (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn‘s disease)
  • Infectious diseases, (e.g. HIV or AIDS, Hepatitis B and C)
  • Diabetes Type 1 and 2 (if your Diabetes Type 2 is controlled by diet and there are no other risk factors)
  • Weight under 7 stone 12 lbs/50 kg
  • Obesity (i.e. with a body mass index (BMI) > 40)

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

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.

You must be willing to donate using either method. The patient's doctor chooses the method that is best for the patient.

Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) Donation
This is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells via the bloodstream. During the procedure, your blood is drawn through one arm and passed through a machine that filters out the blood stem cells. The remaining blood is returned to you through your other arm.

To increase your blood stem cells prior to donation, you will receive daily injections of a synthetic protein called filgrastim on the four days leading up to and on the morning of the procedure. The actual donation can take from 4-8 hours over the course of 1-2 days.

Possible Side Effects & Recovery
While taking filgrastim, you may experience flu-like symptoms such as headaches, bone and muscle aches and fatigue. Most side effects should subside within 48 hours of donating. Your stem cells replenish within one week.

Bone Marrow Donation
This is a 1-2 hour surgical procedure performed under anesthesia, so no pain is experienced during the donation. Marrow cells are collected from the back of your hip bone using a syringe.

Possible Side Effects & Recovery
You may experience some pain, bruising and stiffness for up to two weeks after donation. Within a week of donating, you should be able to return to work, school and many regular activities. Your marrow will completely replenish itself within 3-6 weeks.

How to become a blood stem cell donor with DKMS Video of How to become a blood stem cell donor with DKMS

Watch this short video to see what it means to be a potential blood stem cell donor. A two-minute cheek swab will put you on standby to save a life.

To ensure that you are able to donate enough blood-forming cells for the transplant, you will receive

daily G-CSF injections for four consecutive days before your donation. On the first three days, your injection will be given to you by a nurse at your home or work. The fourth injection will be given to you at the hospital prior to donation. G-CSF (granulocyte-colony stimulating factor) is a naturally occurring growth hormone that stimulates the production of stem cells in the blood of the donor before collection. We will provide on-going support after the collection process as we care about the details of your recovery. We will contact you on a regular basis after your donation to check the status of 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.

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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