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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.

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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.

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