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Wednesday October 28th: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Food for Thought Cafe)
This Wednesday, you will have the chance to join the Be The Match bone marrow registry. Bloodworks Northwest will be on hand to help you through the process and answer any questions that you may have.
Every year, thousands of people need bone marrow transplants — a procedure which may be their only chance for survival. Although some patients with leukemia or other cancers have a genetically matched family member who can donate, about 70 percent do not. These patients' lives depend on finding an unrelated individual with a compatible tissue type, often within their own ethnic group, who is willing to donate blood cells to them.
Joining the registry involves only 5-10 minutes of paperwork and a cheek swab. You are then added to a National Marrow Donor Program, which will run a number of tests on your sample. If you are found to be a perfect match for someone in need, the registry will notify you and give you the choice of whether or not you would like to go through with donation. There are two ways of donating:
· " PBSC donation is a nonsurgical procedure and the most common way to donate. For 5 days leading up to donation, you will be given injections of a drug called filgrastim to increase the number of cells in your bloodstream that are used for transplant. Some of your blood is then removed through a needle in one arm and passed through a machine that separates out the blood-forming cells. The remaining blood is returned to you through the other arm. To learn more, watch the PBSC donation video.
· Bone marrow donation is a surgical, usually outpatient procedure. You will receive anesthesia and feel no pain during the donation. Doctors use a needle to withdraw liquid marrow from the back of your pelvic bone. To learn more, watch the marrow donation video."
Source: Be The Match
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