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68 Become a bone marrow donor - (800)MARROW-2




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This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by mike_holloway@hotmail.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.

68 Become a bone marrow donor - (800)MARROW-2

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.

 

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