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Bone Marrow Donation

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After reading an account of a guy in England, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7408752.stm, who is trying to encourage people to register on the bone marrow donation list I have been thinking about doing this. I have what I think is the offical swiss web site for the register they have here http://www.bloodstemcells.ch . does anyone have any experience with this or know about the how the register works here in Switzerland?
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Old 21.05.2008, 22:16
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Re: Bone Marrow Donation

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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Old 21.05.2008, 22:26
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Re: Bone Marrow Donation

You can get donor cards at pharmacies, hospitals and or your family doctor, I keep one in my wallet next to my health insurance card. The Swiss National Foundation for organ donation and transplantation has a website with more information in English, French, German and Italian.



http://www.swisstransplant.org/eng/
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Old 21.05.2008, 22:32
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Re: Bone Marrow Donation

Uk nationals cannot donate blood in Switzerland because of mad cow disease etc. See various threads on the subject.

Swiss Organ Donor Card

http://www.englishforum.ch/tags/blood/

Organ donation is similar so I don't think UK nationals can.

I wonder what would happen if you were to die in CH, but wish to donate your organs to UK nationals, probably a bureaucratic nightmare.
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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.


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'.
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"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'.
Yes i did, and he his going to die, did you bother to read it all
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Yes i did, and he his going to die, did you bother to read it all
Right who is confused here ?

You wrote , 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 understand that you scared of the
the more traditional bone marrow harvest ! But failed to read that their is the peripheral blood stem cell donation (PBSC). That is not dangerous so you wont get some hospital suberbug like the traditional bone marrow harvest or die for some weird(drunk surgeon) reason on the operating table
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Re: Bone Marrow Donation

Thundersinner is peripheral blood stem cell donation (PBSC) available in Switzerland?
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Right who is confused here ?

You wrote , 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 understand that you scared of the the more traditional bone marrow harvest ! But failed to read that their is the peripheral blood stem cell donation (PBSC). That is not dangerous so you wont get some hospital suberbug like the traditional bone marrow harvest or die for some weird(drunk surgeon) reason on the operating table
I want to help, but i have no family here to take care of my children, to take my son to playschool, and my daughter to kindergarden, and i have to cook , and clean for my family, if i have to go into to hospital to donate my bone marrow who would take care of my family?
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I want to help, but i have no family here to take care of my children, to take my son to playschool, and my daughter to kindergarden, and i have to cook , and clean for my family, if i have to go into to hospital to donate my bone marrow who would take care of my family?
Sutter what about your husband to do the chores? Not exactly a ballbreaker You probably can't donate here because of being a Brit
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I want to help, but i have no family here to take care of my children, to take my son to playschool, and my daughter to kindergarden, and i have to cook , and clean for my family, if i have to go into to hospital to donate my bone marrow who would take care of my family?

The whole point of andrian's article on bbc is to let people know their is a quick(I think) way to donate bone marrow its PBSC donation I understand that you don't need to stay whole days in a hospital for this !
  • What is the PBSC donation process like?
  • Donating PBSC involves two steps: receiving injections of filgrastim and making the donation.

    Receiving filgrastim injections: To move more blood-forming cells from your bone marrow to your bloodstream, you will receive filgrastim, a drug given by injection each day for five days before the donation.

    The first injection will be given at a donor center or medical clinic. You may receive injections on days two, three and four at your place of work, your home, at a donor center or at a medical clinic. On the fifth day, you will receive your final dose of filgrastim, and then donate your blood cells at the donor center or hospital outpatient unit.

    Donating the cells: PBSC donation is done through a process called apheresis, which is similar to donating plasma. During apheresis, a needle will be placed into each of your arms. Blood will be removed from a vein in one arm and passed through tubing into a blood cell separator machine.

    The machine collects blood-forming cells, platelets and some white blood cells. Plasma and red blood cells are returned to your body through the other arm. All the tubing used in the machine is sterile and is used only once for your donation. If only one donation is done, it may take up to six hours. If two donations are done on separate days, each collection will take three to four hours.
Have fun reading this website : http://www.marrow.org/DONOR/When_You...AQs/index.html
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Sutter what about your husband to do the chores? Not exactly a ballbreaker You probably can't donate here because of being a Brit
I was in hospital last year, because i had a knee operation i could not do anything i had to stay in bed and rest my knee for 4 weeks the doctors said, and my hubby still went to work i had to cope alone it was very hard.
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Re: Bone Marrow Donation

What a coincidence, in another forum I use this issue was discussed just weeks ago. It was interesting, also because a doctor from Germany shared his wisdom.

He also explained the two donation options in some more detail. According to him the classic chirurgical donation is still more common in Germany because of a couple reasons. Some hospitals prefer it simply because there's much more research available for the operation and long term success/effects. The method that is chosen depends mostly on which hospital the donor choses.

Once it has been verified that the potential donor is indeed compatible and healty for the operation, this is the procedure at the hospital:
  • Day 1: Preparation for the anesthesia
  • Day 2: Operation: About one liter of bone marrow is taken from the pelvic bone. It happens under general anesthesia because it is required to puncture the bone about hundred times.
  • Day 3: Routine monitoring, donor is sent home in the evening.
The PBSC process has already been explained: It takes longer but is less invasive. The quoted doctor said that the used hormone is now less problematic than in the past, and that ideally PBSC would replace the operation.

So much for that. While the individual probability to be a matching potential donor for a cancer patient is low, statistically we couldn't help all patients even if the whole humanity was registered. So I think every entry counts!
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Re: Bone Marrow Donation

Wait for PBSC I say unless you want to make a new friend called Staphylococcus aureus infections (S. aureus) that you possibly get from you're "donation" operation.

Got Staphylococcus aureus infection a few months ago while on holiday simply by scratching a very small wound on my leg. Scary stuff I didn't respond to the first antibiotics ended up on a penicillin based drug !
Hooray for penicillin saved my leg. Thx Sir Alexander Fleming !
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Re: Bone Marrow Donation

I know this is an old discussion but found this:
You can register as a Bone marrow Donor at this site: http://www.sbsc.ch/en/register-now-online/
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