Step 2: Verification Typing
If you have been identified as a potential match for a specific patient, we will arrange a blood test with you in one of our donor centres. You are required to complete an informed consent and a health questionnaire. We will obtain blood samples from you to verify your blood group and HLA typing, and to screen for infectious diseases including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Human T-Lymphotropic Virus (HTLV), Syphilis, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Additional testing might be required to determine your health status occasionally.
You have a high chance to be chosen to donate, therefore, we encourage you to discuss with your family members or loved ones before making a decision to go for further testing. Your commitment to the patient is important. This is because the intensive chemotherapy preparing the patient for transplant is going to put the patient’s life in danger.
Step 3: Work-up
If you are confirmed to be matched with the specific patient and selected to donate HSC! Prior to your donation, we will contact you for a face-to-face information session which lasts for about 2 hours. During the meeting, we will explain to you about the donation methods and possible risks, location of the donation and the proposed date. You can take 1-2 weeks to make your final decision. If you decide to proceed, a medical checkup will be scheduled around 4 weeks before the donation to ensure you are fit and healthy to donate.
Step 5: Follow-up
Staff from HKBMDR will make a first review of your condition within 72 hours of donation. Then, we will arrange a follow-up blood check 1 week (for PBSC donors), or 1 month (for BM donors) following your donation. After that, an annual follow-up will be arranged till 10 years of donation. If you have any significant health issues, please inform our staff.