(Closed) Bone marrow transplants/bone marrow donors?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2743 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

The procedure is easier for the donor than the acceptor. The marrow is aspirated witha  large needle from the bone under anesthesia. The person receiving gets it via IV which seems easier except prior to this procedure they go through chemo and radiation to irradicate  their immune system. The person who receives the donation spends a lot of time in isolation, and then immune supression for life typically.

Post # 5
94 posts
Worker bee

Sometimes they do less invasive tests first (on the donors), then the tests become more invasive once they have a possible match.

In the case of a match recovery for bone marrow donors is relatively quick.


Post # 6
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsPanda99:  Don’t think of it as a “large needle”; think of it as a large tube filled with life force.

Sorry you are dealing with this stress. Sending prayers

Post # 7
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsPanda99:  His brothers and sisters are likely to be a good match, too.  It’s so wonderful that your family is willing to do that for your dad.  From what I’ve read, the process hurts but I imagine it’s so worth it it doesn’t matter in the end.


Post # 8
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013


My sister has been fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for 3 years and has had two transplants.  Her own and then a donor through the national bone marrow registry (sadly I wasn’t a match for her).  His siblings will most likely be the closest matched to him but if they’re not he might want to look at the bone marrow registry.  My sister’s donor was a 10/10 match.

Also, there may not be a huge needle involved.  More and more marrow/stem cell donation is being done by apheresis (pretty much like donation blood through an IV).


Let me know if you have any questions!  Sadly I know too much about all of this.

Post # 12
1405 posts
Bumble bee

Don’t discount strangers donating.  I was a possible match once and from the moment I received the letter I knew I was going to do it.  In the end I ended up being disqualified.

Just a thought – maybe you could have a restaurant sponsor a blood marrow drive.   That is where I initially got on the bone marrow registry.

Post # 14
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsPanda99:  My husband donated bone marrow last winter.  He had had his cheek swabbed giving blood in college and totally forgot ever having done it until they called him up and said he was a possible match.   He had to get some blood taken and they verified he was a match.  If I remember correctly, nowadays about 75% of donation is done through a less invasive/painful process, which he was able to do.  He had to get shots for 5 days leading up to the donation, which (from my limited, non-medical understanding) allowed the stem cells from marrow to be released into his blood?  Then he spent about 6 hours hooked up to a machine with a needle in each arm, so they took out his blood, put it through a centrifuge to extract the stem cells, and put the blood back in the other arm.  It sounds kind of scary, but I went with him and we just watched game shows all day, and he was totally fine and had no pain or side effects or anything. 

The guy he donated to was a minister who had been fighting non-Hodgkins lymphoma for 17 years.  Chemo had stopped working and it was his only option, and now he’s been cancer free for a year and a half!  It was like a miracle! 

Post # 15
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I know my mom was a possible “stranger” match once and she was super excited. They did the cotton swab thing, but then didn’t go any further (must not have been a match). So maybe you’ll all start with the cotton swab thing. It’s awesome you have so much family support!

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