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Advances in Stem Cell Donation

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Jul 28, 2014 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers talks about peripheral blood stem cell donation (PBSC), a common procedure that makes it easier to donate bone marrow.

Transcript

You may have heard that donating bone marrow can be an uncomfortable process. Today, new techniques make it easier to be a donor.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

The most common procedure used today for donating bone marrow is called peripheral blood stem cell donation, or PBSC. You might be surprised to learn that PBSC is almost as easy as donating blood.

PBSC doesn’t require surgery, anesthesia, or staying overnight at the hospital – and most donations are done in just one session.

If you are between ages 18 and 44, you can sign up to be a donor at bethematch.org. Best of all is the feeling you get from knowing that your donation may save someone’s life.

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@HealthyMoments​. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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