PBSC (which stands for peripheral blood stem cell ) donation is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure. There are two ways to donate to a patient – peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) or bone marrow. More than 80% of transplant requests are for peripheral blood stem cells.
On the day of your PBSC donation, your blood is removed through a needle in one arm and passed through a machine that will collect only the blood-forming cells. The remaining blood is returned to you through a needle in the other arm. This process is similar to what is used when donating blood platelets.The process takes 4 to 6 hours, and donors can watch a movie, nap, or talk with friends while donating.
Less than 20% of donations are bone marrow, usually requested for children.
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