In addition to bone marrow donation, now the haematopoietic stem cells (HSC) collection procedure can be taken place at the outpatient hospital unit.
For 3 days leading up to donation, you will be given subcutaneous injections of a drug called filgrastim to mobilize the number of HSC in your bloodstream.
Your blood will be separated and HSC could be collected by using an apheresis machine. The remaining blood will be returned to you during the procedure.
Collection procedure can be taken without general anaesthesia and lasts 3 to 4 hours. However, in case the first collection does not yield the required quanitity of HSC, the donor may be rquired to make a second donation on the next day.