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Old 08-12-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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Update on marrow donation.

I won't be donating.


Got a letter today.


...circumstances have changed and the patient is not ready for a transplant at this time.


They can't tell me the exact circumstances but list:
patient got worse
patient got better
doctor chose other treatment
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I'm probably too old to be contacted again.


Time to get back on the blood donation schedule.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:21 PM   #2
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Thanks for the update. Sorry it didn't pan out but now you know how the process happens if there is a next time.

I've been on the registry for donating marrow for a long time and have never been contacted. What's the age limit?
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Age is 18 to 60.
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I just read your first thread (I wasn't a member back then).

I've been on the list for a while - I can't give blood because of rules about having spent time in the UK and Mad Cow Disease, so bone marrow is my way to do "something" - and a few years ago, I got "the call". I was one of four possible candidates for donation to an 18-year-old female patient in the US. I went for lots of samples, waited for four weeks, checked my will (my Mom is a doctor: she works on the basis that general anaesthetic will not go well), and then got the news that I wasn't required. Like you, I don't know if it was because someone else was a better match, or "negative patient care outcome", or some other cause.
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Age is 18 to 60.
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Since I have never done this type of thing, I can only assume the waiting for notification could be nerve-wracking.

Kudos to you for trying....
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It was very nice of you to try !
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I was fortunate to know the person. The medical research people came up with a new use for an old drug and the patient went into remission for a looong time. They never considered bone marrow transplantation again.

It was wonderful of you to offer to do that for someone, wow, a stranger. But you know, giving blood is very important.
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Will donate blood tomorrow.
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