Donation process

We are committed to ensuring you have a safe, efficient and rewarding donor experience. The following information guides you through what happens before, during and after your donation. Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time if you have questions or concerns. 

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Step 1

With the guidance of a registered nurse you will go through a comprehensive health assessment to make sure you can safely donate.  The nurse performs this assessment over the phone. 

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Step 2

If you are selected as a match, you will also be required to complete a physical examination and routine medical tests to confirm that you are in good health to donate stem cells and that you have no infectious diseases. A physician conducts this thorough physical assessment at the nearest collection centre—the hospital where you will donate your stem cells.

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Step 3

Once you are confirmed as medically eligible and you agree to proceed, you will be asked to consent to the donation. The recipient patient will be notified and will start his or her pre-transplant treatments. 

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Step 4

There are two types of donation that you may be asked to give. Depending on the treatment selected for the recipient patient, you will donate either peripheral stems cells or bone marrow stem cells: 

  1. Peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation 
  2. Bone marrow stem cell donation
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Step 5

The lifesaving stem cells collected are then transferred to the recipient patient. Patients are counting on the generosity of young individuals to become stem cell donors. Register today to donate stem cells for life.