This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by email@example.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.
Information about how to be registered in the database for tissue type
matching and bone marrow donation can be obtained from the National Bone
Marrow Registry at (800) MARROW-2 (see WWW page info below). They'll answer
any questions and provide you with local centers for testing. To
register, a small amount of blood is needed for typing. The operation to
remove marrow is simple and only slightly discomforting. Within days, a
donor regenerates the marrow.
Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is an effective treatment for some
forms of leukemia and is being evaluated in treatments for other
kinds of cancer. A donor is needed who matches the patient's tissue
type in order to make the transplant work. Since the odds of any two
people matching are small, a large number of possible donors is
needed in order to find a match.