When you're asked to donate
Not everyone on Be The Match Registry® will match and be asked to donate to a patient. In fact, the chances of donating are 1 in 540. If you are asked to donate, the patient's doctor has chosen you as the best donor.
Becoming a bone marrow donor is an important commitment. If you are asked to be a donor for a patient, you will receive all the information needed to make this decision. We encourage you to discuss your decision to donate with your family and friends. They can help support you through the process.
How much time will the donation process take?
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Steps are taken to ensure that a donor is medically able to donate and to prepare for the donation. These steps are spread out over several weeks. On average, the entire bone marrow donation process takes about 30-40 hours, spread out over 4-6 weeks. This includes travel time and the time needed for the actual donation. Learn more about the steps of donation.
Two donation methods: Peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) and marrow
If you are asked to donate, call the telephone number that is in the email or letter you received. If you don't have this number, please call 1 (800) MARROW-2.