Bone Marrow Transplants
A bone marrow transplant is a procedure to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow with healthy bone marrow stem cells. Bone marrow is the soft, fatty tissue inside your bones. Stem cells are immature cells in the bone marrow that give rise to all of your blood cells.
Ideal donors are siblings and first cousins between the ages of 18 and 45. However, donors are accepted for testing up to the age of 60.
Before the transplant, the transplant patient may be given chemotherapy, radiation, or both.
The stem cells are delivered into the bloodstream through a process similar to getting a blood transfusion. The stem cells travel through the blood into the bone marrow.
Once the procedure is completed, transplant recipients receive special care in the hospital until they are feeling well enough to go home and pursue a 100% recovery!
Michelle pursued an "Allogeneic" bone marrow transplant ("Allo" means "other"). Stem cells are removed from another person, called a donor. Special blood tests are done to determine if a donor is a good match. Relatives may be good matches, and donors who are not related may be found through national bone marrow registries. Michelle is an only child of two only children which narrowed the possibilities of finding a donor.
You can be a life saver!
1. How can you be tested to donate to a specific person?
Contact Chad Boily (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Mass General Hospital. He will get back to you and request some basic information and forward that to the Red Cross. The Red Cross will send you a “swab kit”. Swab the inside of your cheeks and send the swabs, with $100, back to the Red Cross. They will do the testing and forward test results to MGH.
If you need help with reimbursement let us know at email@example.com
View this document for bone marrow donor informtion from Partners Information Systems.
2. How can you be tested to donate for ANYONE?
Register online for the National Marrow Donor Program, “Be the Match”, at www.marrow.org There is no registration fee.
3. How can you help?
• Visit the "Purple Ribbon Mother’s Day 5K Run and Walk" Facebook page and share it with all of your Facebook contacts.
• Visit www.thymomahope.org with your friends and family.
• Get information about donating at "Be the Match" — www.marrow.org
• Get information about the Bone Marrow Foundation at www.bonemarrow.org
Chad Boily (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Transplant Coordinator, Mass.General Hospital
100 Blossom Street, Cox Building, Suite120
Boston, MA 02114