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About stem cell donation

Every year, thousands of people are diagnosed as having some form of blood cancer.

Register as stem cell donor

A patient with leukaemia or another type of blood cancer can be cured through a stem cell transplant. There is a shortage of voluntary, unrelated donors in the Netherlands. There is a mere 30% chance of finding a suitable donor within your own family so your registration to become a donor really is crucial.

Your so-called HLA tissue type is determined in a laboratory and the results are then registered anonymously in a global database.

The most important factors to make a match are:

  • HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) 
  • Age 
  • Gender
  • CMV also known as the cytomegalic virus.

We also look at factors such as weight, riskfull behavior, travel history of the past months and availability.

This video gives a short explanation about what stem cell donation is.

"Scientific research has proved that a stem cell donation has a greater chance of being successful if the donor is healthy and aged between 18 and 35 years old."


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