Donation Process

Donation Methods

There are two methods of donation: PBSC and bone marrow.

The patient’s doctor will choose which one is best for the patient.

  • PBSC donation is a non-surgical procedure. For 5 days leading up to donation, you will be given injections of filgrastim. Filgrastim is a medication that increases the number of blood-forming cells in your bloodstream. On the day of donation, blood is removed through a needle on one arm and passed through a machine that separates out the blood-forming cells. The remaining blood is returned to you through the other arm.

  • Bone marrow donation is a surgical procedure that takes place in a hospital operating room. Doctors use needles to withdraw liquid marrow from the back of your pelvic bone. Donors receive anesthesia and feel no pain during the donation.

Source: Be The Match

Six Steps To Becoming A Bone Marrow Donor


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