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> Myths & Facts about Stem Cell Donation  

Myth: Stem cell donation involves a lengthy recovery process.
Fact: PBSC donors may develop symptoms such as bone or muscle pain or fatigue in the five days leading upto donation due to FILGRASTIM. These symptoms usually disappear one or two days after donating. Stem cell donors may experience fatigue, soreness or pressure in their lower back and discomfort while walking, they can expect to be back to work and other activities within one to seven days after donation.

Myth: Donating Stem cells is dangerous and weakens the donors.
Fact: There are no long term side effects from donating Stem cells. Five percent or less of a donor's Stem cells is needed to save a life. After donation the body replaces the donated Stem cells within four to six weeks. The MDR(I) also follows up wih the donors after the donation for any possible problems related to the procedure.

Myth: Pieces of bones are removed from the donor.
Fact: Pieces of bones are not removed from the donor in PBSC. A PBSC donation involves receiving an injection of Filgrastim for five days before donation in order to increase the blood forming cells. On the fifth day blood is taken from the donor through one arm, passed through a machine( Apheresis) that seperates out the blood forming cells and the remaining blood returned through the donor's other arm.
Myth: All donations involve surgery.
Fact: Donations do not involve surgery. Peripheral Blood Stem Cells( PBSC) donation is non surgical and carried out as outpatient.
Myth: Donors have to pay for the donation procedure.
Fact: Donors do not have to pay for donating. All medical costs are paid by the patient (Recipient).