Home

About Us

Bone Marrow

How to Register

R & B

Funds

Worldwide

Yvette

 
 

Marrow Myths

 
 

 

What is Bone Marrow?

 

What is a BMT?

 

Who Needs a BMT?

 

Bone Marrow Donation

 

Tissue Typing

 

Marrow Myths

 

Anthony Nolan Labs

 

Donor Stories

 

 

 

 

 

Myths and facts about bone marrow / stem cell donation

Learn the facts about bone marrow stem cell donation to help you make an informed decision.

The following are myths.  Take a few moments to find out the truth.

Bone marrow stem cells are taken from the spinal cord.

The bone marrow donation procedure is painful.

All bone marrow donations involve surgery.

Pieces of bone are removed from the donor.

If I donate bone marrow stem cells, they cannot be replaced.

Donating bone marrow is dangerous and weakens the donor.

Bone marrow donation involves a lengthy recovery process.

I come from a large family, so if I ever need a stem cell transplant, I should have no problem finding a match within my family.


MYTH:

Bone marrow stem cells are taken from the spinal cord.

FACT:

The donor's spinal cord is unaffected in the collection of bone marrow stem cells. For a bone marrow donation, the collection of the stem cells is taken from the iliac crest which sits at the back of the pelvic bone.

↑ top


MYTH:

The bone marrow donation procedure is painful.

FACT:

General or regional anaesthetic is always used for this procedure. Donors feel no needle injections and no pain during marrow donation.  Check out the true life accounts on the home page for more information.

↑ top


MYTH:

All bone marrow donations involve surgery.

FACT:

Many donations do not involve surgery. Peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation is a non-surgical and outpatient.  For more about different types of donation click here.

↑ top


MYTH:

Pieces of bone are removed from the donor.

FACT:

Pieces of bone are not removed from the donor in either type of donation.

A PBSC donation involves taking a series of injections for five days leading up to donation in order to increase the donor's needed blood-forming cells. On the fifth day, blood is taken from the donor through one arm, passed through a machine that separates out the blood-forming cells, and returned through the donor's other arm.

In bone marrow donation, no pieces of bone are taken; only the liquid marrow found inside the bones is needed to save the patient's life.

↑ top


MYTH:

If I donate bone marrow stem cells, they cannot be replaced.

FACT:

The body replaces the bone marrow stem cells within six weeks. After donating, most donors are back to their usual routine in a few days.

↑ top


MYTH:

Donating bone marrow is dangerous and weakens the donor.

FACT:

Though no medical procedure is without risk, there are rarely any long-term effects from donating. Only five percent or less of a donor's marrow is needed to save a life. After donation, the body replaces the donated marrow within four to six weeks.

 

All donors are screened carefully before they donate to ensure they are healthy and the procedure is safe for them. The donation centre also educates donors, answers questions every step of the way and follows up with donors after donation.

↑ top


MYTH:

Bone marrow donation involves a lengthy recovery process.

FACT:

PBSC donors may have symptoms such as headache, bone or muscle pain, nausea, insomnia or fatigue in the five days leading up to donation. These symptoms nearly always disappear one or two days after donating, and the donor is back to normal.

Bone marrow donors can expect to feel fatigue, some soreness or pressure in their lower back and perhaps some discomfort walking. 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.

↑ top


MYTH:

I come from a large family, so if I ever need a stem cell transplant, I should have no problem finding a match within my family.

FACT:

The requirements for finding a match are so precise that fewer than 30% of those in need can receive a transplant from someone in their own family.

↑ top

   

Home

Contact Us

Links

Copyright 2005 - 2012  Race Against Time Marrow Donor Campaign.   Registered Charity No. 1117410.
Website designed and maintained by David Gate.