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Register. Swab. Save a life!

Filling out this form will only take a few minutes of your time. But as a potential stem cell donor, some day you might be the one matched to save a life. Once completed, we will send you a 'do-it-yourself´swab kit so you can collect your cheek cell sample at home. That is all it takes for you to support our work to help prevent thousands of people dying from blood cancer every year. You could be someone’s match! So sign up now.

Before you complete the registration form please read our eligibility criteria to see if you are eligible to become a potential lifesaving donor.

Who is eligible to donate?

Any healthy adult living in the UK, between the ages of 18 and 55 can become a donor, and pre-registration is possible from the age of 17. However if you have, or have had in the past, a chronic or other serious condition (some of the most important examples are listed below) or take any medications regularly, please discuss this for initial guidance with a member of the Delete Blood Cancer UK team.

The most important exclusion criteria, which means you cannot register:

  • Heart diseases (e. g. previous heart attack, coronary heart disease)
  • Lung diseases (e. g. severe bronchial asthma)
  • Diseases of the haematopoietic system
  • Severe kidney diseases
  • Thrombosis
  • Severe illnesses of the central nervous system
  • Cancer
  • HIV or Aids
  • Metabolic diseases (e. g. diabetes)
  • Autoimmune conditions (e. g. rheumatism)
  • Severe infectious diseases, (e. g. infectious jaundice, Hepatitis B, C)
  • Weight under 7 stone 12 lbs/50 kg
  • Obesity, with a body mass index (BMI) > 40 (BMI = weight/height2)

If you are already listed with the British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR), the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry (WBMDR) or with Anthony Nolan, you should not re-register. You should also not register if you do not live in UK.

If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our donor recruitment team on T: 020 3176 7620

The donation process

If you are matched, you may be asked to donate in one of two ways. The method used is determined by the patient's doctor. We will consult with you on this but you must be willing to donate using either method.

Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) Donation

Peripheral blood stem cell donationStem cells are collected via the blood stream. To increase the number of cells in the blood stream, for four consecutive days prior to the stem cell collection, donors receive a daily injection to stimulate stem cell production (G-CSF). On the day of donation, the donor’s blood is collected from one arm and passed through a machine that separates out the blood stem cells (apheresis).

The remaining blood is returned to the donor through the other arm. This is a non-surgical outpatient procedure that takes around four hours. Most of the donations are through this method.

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Bone Marrow Donation

Bone marrow donationMarrow cells are collected from the back side of the pelvic bone (not the spine). Donors are given a general anaesthetic so no pain is experienced during the marrow extraction. This is a 1-2 hour medical procedure. Some donors experience some short term pain, bruising and stiffness after the procedure.

Within a week of donating, most donors are able to return to work or school and resume their usual activities. This method of donation is less used.

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Your registration to become a stem cell donor could save the life of a blood cancer patient
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