About bone marrow donor registry
What is the ‘Belgian Bone Marrow Donor registry’?
The Belgian Bone Marrow Donor registry manages a database that stores the data of voluntary donors who are prepared to donate stem cells for a patient. Many of these volunteers are never called on because the chance that they are compatible with a patient is less than 1 in 50,000. On the other hand, a compatible donor will only be found for a patient if there is are enough volunteer donors, because the chance here is also less than 1 in 50,000. So the more stem cell donors with different tissue types there are listed in the database, the greater the chance that the patient will find a donor and have a transplantation.
How do you get on to the registry?
If you want to get on to the registry, there are number of steps you have to follow.
- You sign a ‘declaration of willingness’ (that you can revoke at any time).
- You have some blood taken to determine your tissue type.
- You complete a medical questionnaire with the medical doctor at the donor centre.
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Would you like to become a donor?
Are you interested in becoming a donor yourself? What a great idea! The bone marrow registry works in conjunction with nine donor centres, where anyone wanting to apply to become a volunteer donor can register. Find out all the information you want and be aware that when you become a donor, it can literally be a matter of life or death for someone else.