A member in the Registry may be invited to participate in further examinations. This means that his or her tissue type has been found in the preliminary examinations to be possibly suitable for a cancer patient in need of a stem cell transplant. Further examinations are intended to ensure the compatibility of the tissue types.
If after further examinations a member in the Registry is found to be the most suitable donor for a particular patient, and this potential donor wants to continue to help, the planning process for stem cell donation will begin. Before donation, the donor will be given a through medical examination, including a blood test. In respect of the health of the donor, no risks are taken. The interview and medical examination will take place approximately one month before the planned collecting of stem cells.
Stem cells can be collected in two different ways: from the blood or from the bone marrow. Read more about the different methods of donation.