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| || |Just read the story , the poor guy, and so young how awful, i am also thinking about donating bone marrow, but i have 2 children i have to look after, how would it effect my family? I am also an organ donar i carry a card it is from England i hope it is valid here. | |
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Did you bother reading the article at all ?
"There are two methods of donation - the more traditional bone marrow harvest and the newer, and increasingly used, peripheral blood stem cell donation (PBSC).
For a bone marrow transplant the cells are extracted from the pelvic bones under a general anaesthetic and a two-night stay in hospital . But in PBSC there is no hospital stay needed or general or spinal anesthesia.
During the five days before the collection the donor receives daily injections of a growth factor to increase their number in the peripheral blood.
These cells can then be collected on a cell separator machine in one or two collections lasting four to five hours each, in a process known as 'apheresis'.