If you donate, you'll be asked if you want to stay on our register and potentially donate again. Although it's unusual, some of our donors have donated more than once. We allow donor to give stem cells a maximum of four times.
Peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation is one of two methods of collecting blood-forming cells for bone marrow transplants. The same blood-forming cells that are found in bone marrow are also found in the circulating (peripheral) blood. PBSC donation is a nonsurgical procedure, called apheresis.
Blood is taken from the donor's arm with a needle, and flows into a centrifuge. This device filters out the stem cells, and the remaining blood is injected back into the donor with the same needle. Like bone marrow donation, the procedure takes place at the hospital or day clinic.
A: Because your marrow and blood stem cells completely regenerate, you can technically donate several times in your life. It is rare to come up as a match for several people. You may never get called as a potential match or you might get called once or twice in your lifetime.
Our bone marrow produces blood cells, called red blood cells, platelets, and white blood cells. Inside the marrow, blood cells start off as young, immature cells called stem cells. Once they develop, blood cells do not live for a long time inside our bodies.
Bone marrow donation is done under general or regional anesthesia so the donor experiences no pain during the donation procedure. Discomfort and side effects after the donation vary from person to person. Most marrow donors experience some side effects. Back or hip pain.
A stem cell transplant is usually done after chemotherapy and radiation is complete. The stem cells are delivered into your bloodstream usually through a tube called a central venous catheter. The process is similar to getting a blood transfusion. The stem cells travel through the blood into the bone marrow.
Recovery from bone marrow and PBSC donation. Marrow and PBSC donors should expect to return to work, school and most other activities within 1 to 7 days. Your marrow will return to normal levels within a few weeks.
A bone marrow transplant takes a donor's healthy blood-forming cells and puts them into the patient's bloodstream, where they begin to grow and make healthy red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Patients receive high doses of chemotherapy to prepare their body for the transplant.
Donors never pay to donate marrow. We reimburse travel costs and may reimburse other costs on a case-by-case basis. All medical costs for the donation procedure are covered by us or by the patient's medical insurance. Total cost to add a new member to the Be The Match Registry is about $100.
But proponents of compensation say even if the price went up to $7,000 for a donation, it would still be a drop in the bucket compared to the $500,000 to $1 million Rowes said a bone marrow transplant procedure can cost a recipient.
Donors never pay for donating, and are never paid to donate. All medical costs for the donation procedure are covered by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), which operates the Be The Match Registry®, or by the patient's medical insurance, as are travel expenses and other non-medical costs.
A needle is placed into a vein in your arm. Plasma is collected through a process call plasmapheresis and is conducted in cycles that may take up to an hour. Whole blood is drawn. The plasma is separated from the red blood cells and other cellular components.
Side effects. Donating blood plasma may cause symptoms such as feeling faint, and some tenderness at the site where the needle was injected. Bruising and tenderness: Some swelling, discoloration, or pain may result from the needle being inserted into a vein in the arm.
Side Effects of Donating Plasma
- Bruising and discomfort.
- Citrate reaction.
- Arterial puncture.
So, plasma donating will help you lose weight via fluid loss, temporarily. Plasma is quickly replaced, and you get to keep your weight and muscle. But in the long term, blood or plasma donation will not work if you want to lose weight.
After you donate plasma
- Continue to drink plenty of water.
- Continue to eat foods rich in protein and iron. For a list of choices, see above or visit ChooseMyPlate.gov.
- Don't smoke for 30 minutes.
- Don't drink alcohol for 4 hours.
- Don't exercise hard or for very long.
- Wait 2 days to donate plasma again.
You can expect to be paid anywhere from $20 to $50 per donation. The range in compensation is related to the volume of plasma you're able to donate. The FDA sets the guidelines and the ranges are 110-149 pounds, 150-174 pounds, and 175-400 pounds. The more poundage, the more plasma, and the more cash you're paid.
As a general matter, the money you receive for donating plasma is taxable income. That income must be reported on your tax returns whether or not you get a 1099 from the plasma center. You are also required to pay quarterly estimated taxes; that obligation exists whether the income is "miscellaneous" or not
It is safe to occasionally donate plasma. Measures are taken to ensure donor safety, such as allowing donors to give plasma no more than once or twice per week. The risks of a donation visit are relatively mild—bruising, nausea, and dizziness are some of the occasional side effects.
As you've worked on your tax return and considered what might count as a deduction, you've taken a few flights of fancy. "Can I claim a deduction for all those blood donations at the Red Cross?" Sorry, the answer is no. "How about a charitable contribution for all the time I donate to the church?"