If the first stem cell transplant fails or your recipient needs a top-up, we could ask you to donate again. This happens in about 5% of cases, and usually within the first year after your donation, although it could be longer.
Your recipient may need a donation of white blood cells (lymphocytes), rather than blood stem cells, after your first donation. This is also known as DLI or DLC, and happens in about 15% of cases.
This could be part of the original treatment plan, or it could happen if your recipient’s disease returns.
If you give white blood cells, the procedure will be similar to peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation, although you won’t need any G-CSF injections beforehand. You’ll spend 4-5 hours in hospital and most likely be able to return to work the next day.
We’ll take you off our register for two years after your donation, and only ask you to donate again if the same recipient needs more stem cells.
After two years we will, with your consent, put you back on our register so you’re available to donate to another person in desperate need.
Over 400 donors a year come from the Anthony Nolan register. Two or three of these go on to donate to a second person.
We would only ever ask you to donate to a maximum of two people.
After six months if you donated via PBSC, or 12 months if you donated bone marrow.
Just call the Donor Follow-Up team on 0207 424 6568, or email firstname.lastname@example.org