You are only asked to donate cells if you come up as a match to a patient. The process is painless and easy:
There are two types of marrow donation, a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation and a traditional marrow donation
- 75% of the time, patients need a stem cell donation, which is similar to donating blood. This is what Bill needs.
- 25% of the time patients need marrow cells, which the doctor draws from the donor’s hipbone. You should not experience pain.