WHY BECOME A DONOR?

You might be wondering “Why should I become a blood stem cell donor?” There might be several questions and doubts in your mind on how this step could help someone. It is best to know the facts and decide for yourself.

Blood cancer and Thalassemia are words that have the force to unsettle even the strongest and bravest. It is not just the diagnosis of the disease, but also the social perception and lack of awareness about its treatment which makes it difficult for the patient to overcome the disease. A blood stem cell transplant is most often the only cure for such disorders.

A patient only has a 25% chance of finding a donor from within the family. Majority of the patients have to depend on unrelated blood stem cell donors. The probability of finding an unrelated matched donor is 1 in 10,000 to 1 in over a Million. You could say that 1 in a Million match is for someone who is gripping on to their life at the edge with hope.

Take the first step. Register yourself as a potential blood stem cell donor.

WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION PROCESS?

The process of registration is simple and quick

Learn and understand the importance of being a potential blood stem cell donor

Contact us if you have any questions on registration and donation. Please note, this is only the registration step.
Blood Stem Cell Donation may happen anytime between 3 months from the time you register until you turn 60 years or never.

WHAT IS HLA (HUMAN LEUKOCYTE ANTIGEN)?

Just like it is important to know the blood group or blood type (ABO) while donating blood, it is necessary to know one’s HLA type to match with a patient in need. Only if the HLA type of a potential donor matches closely with that of the patient, one can donate blood stem cells.

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WHAT IS THE DONATION PROCESS?

Blood Stem Cells are found in the bone marrow. These are the mother cells that produce the blood components such as RBC, WBC, Platelets and Plasma. A patient with serious blood disorders have a blood stem cell transplant from a healthy donor can replace the diseased cells in a patient and give a second chance at life.

If You Are Found To Be A Match

Verification of Match

A small sample of blood is collected to verify the HLA typing.

Master Health Checkup

A series of tests are done to ensure the donor is fit and does not have any infectious diseases like Hepatitis B,HIV etc.

Donation

The donor will donate blood stem cells either by PBSC or Bone Marrow donation methods whichever, discussed and consented for.

Transportation

DATRI arranges to transport the blood stem cells to the patient anywhere in the world. The donor will have the right to choose his/her preferred method of donation in consultation with a transplant physician.

Blood Stem Cells Can Be Donated In Two Methods

PBSC Donation

Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Donation – It is process used for 80% of donations across the world. It is similar to a blood platelets donation. Blood from one arm is let to flow into an Apheresis machine, the blood stem cells are separated and remaining blood components like RBC, WBC, etc are sent back into the donor.

Bone Marrow Donation

Bone Marrow Donation – This is a traditional method that is in practice for more than 40 years. Bone marrow is extracted from the iliac crest (hip bone) under general anesthesia and requires one day hospital stay.

VVS Laxman registering as a Blood Stem Cell Donor

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