Myths And Facts About Bone Marrow And Blood Cell Donation

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Myths And Facts About Bone Marrow And Blood Cell Donation

  1. 1. Myths & Facts about Bone Marrow Donation Learn the facts about bone marrow donation to help you make an informed decision about joining the Be The Match Registry SM .
  2. 2. Myth <ul><li>All bone marrow donations involve surgery. </li></ul><ul><li>FACT: There are two ways to donate. </li></ul><ul><li>Most donations today do not involve surgery. The patient's doctor most commonly requests a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation, which is non-surgical and outpatient. </li></ul><ul><li>If the patient's doctor requests marrow rather than PBSC, the donation is a surgical procedure, usually outpatient. </li></ul>
  3. 3. MYTH <ul><li>Bone marrow donation is painful. </li></ul><ul><li>FACT: General or regional anesthesia is always used for this procedure. </li></ul><ul><li>Donors feel no needle injections and no pain during the marrow donation process. Afterwards, most donors feel some pain in the lower back for a few days or longer. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Myth <ul><li>Pieces of bone are removed from the donor. </li></ul><ul><li>FACT: Pieces of bone are not removed from the donor.  In marrow donation, only the liquid marrow found inside the bones is collected. In a PBSC donation, cells are collected from the bloodstream in a process similar to donating plasma. See steps of donation to learn more. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Myth <ul><li>Donating bone marrow is dangerous and weakens the donor. </li></ul><ul><li>FACT: No medical procedure is without risk…however, rarely are there any long-term effects from donating. </li></ul><ul><li>Only 5% or less of a donor's marrow is needed to save a life. The body replaces these cells in 4 to 6 weeks. Be The Match Registry SM screens all donors carefully before they donate to ensure they are healthy and the procedure is safe for them. </li></ul><ul><li>We also educate donors, answer questions every step of the way, and follow up with donors after donation. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Myth <ul><li>PBSC donation involves a long recovery process. </li></ul><ul><li>FACT: PBSC donors take the drug filgrastim for 5 days before making the donation. Donors have experienced symptoms like headache, bone or muscle pain, nausea, insomnia or fatigue during this time. </li></ul><ul><li>These symptoms nearly always disappear 1 or 2 days after donating. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Myth <ul><li>Marrow donation involves a long recovery process. </li></ul><ul><li>FACT: Marrow donors can expect to feel fatigue, some </li></ul><ul><li>soreness or pressure in their lower back and perhaps some discomfort walking. </li></ul><ul><li>Marrow donors can expect to be back to work, school and other activities within one to seven days. The average time for all symptoms to disappear is 21 days. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Myth <ul><li>Donors have to pay for the donation procedure. </li></ul><ul><li>FACT: Donors are never asked to pay for donating and are never paid to donate. </li></ul><ul><li>All costs are paid by the patient's health insurance or the patient, sometimes with assistance from Be The Match Registry. We may be able to reimburse donors for travel costs, and may reimburse other costs on a case-by-case basis. Although a donor never pays to donate, many people do contribute toward donor registration costs  when they join the registry. </li></ul>
  9. 9. New name, same registry <ul><li>Be The Match Registry is the new name for the NMDP Registry. </li></ul><ul><li>If you joined the NMDP Registry you are a member of the Be The Match Registry. </li></ul><ul><li>You do not need to join again. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more at bethematch.org . </li></ul>

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