View the timeline of the patient and donor process

Patient-Donor Timeline

The patient and donor journey

The patient and donor journeys are interlinked. Each stage has implications for both. Sometimes a donor may be waiting a while to proceed to the next step as a patient completes theirs and vice versa. This interactive timeline summarises the steps the patient and donor go through leading up to and beyond donation day.

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A donor joins the registry via a blood sample or cheek swab. This sample is sent to a lab to identify the donor’s tissue type. This is what is matched to a patient.

Join the registry

A donor joins the registry via a blood sample or cheek swab. This sample is sent to a lab to identify the donor’s tissue type. This is what is matched to a patient.

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Phone call to inform a donor that they are a potential match and ask donors to fill in a health questionnaire. The donor provides a blood sample for additional testing.

Potential Match

Phone call to inform a donor that they are a potential match and ask donors to fill in a health questionnaire. The donor provides a blood sample for additional testing.

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Phone call to inform a donor that they have been selected for donation. Verify interest and complete a quick health assessment to ensure the donor can proceed pending the results of a more thorough medical assessment.

Confirmed Match

Phone call to inform a donor that they have been selected for donation. Verify interest and complete a quick health assessment to ensure the donor can proceed pending the results of a more thorough medical assessment.

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“Work-up” is a medical assessment at the hospital where the donation will take place and an education session to go over what to expect throughout the process.

Medical Assessment and Education session

“Work-up” is a medical assessment at the hospital where the donation will take place and an education session to go over what to expect throughout the process.

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When a donor has been cleared to donate and the donor has consented to donate.

Donor Clearance

When a donor has been cleared to donate and the donor has consented to donate.

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A PBSC donation requires G-CSF injections a few days before donating. If travel is required, the donor and a support person will travel the day prior to donating.

Donation prep

A PBSC donation requires G-CSF injections a few days before donating. If travel is required, the donor and a support person will travel the day prior to donating.

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Donors will donate either via PBSC ( 90% of the time) or via bone marrow from the hip while under general anaesthesia.

Donation

Donors will donate either via PBSC ( 90% of the time) or via bone marrow from the hip while under general anaesthesia.

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After donating, we check in on donors for up to 10 years.

Follow up

After donating, we check in on donors for up to 10 years.

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After donation, donors and patients may correspond anonymously. Limited clinical updates on the patient’s progress may also be requested. Direct contact between donors and patients is possible contingent on both parties independently agreeing and at least two years post-donation has elapsed.

Donor and patient contact

After donation, donors and patients may correspond anonymously. Limited clinical updates on the patient’s progress may also be requested. Direct contact between donors and patients is possible contingent on both parties independently agreeing and at least two years post-donation has elapsed.

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Patient undergoes tests to diagnose a form of blood cancer or other haematological or immune disorder.

Transplant referral/diagnosis

Patient undergoes tests to diagnose a form of blood cancer or other haematological or immune disorder.

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atient’s medical team will decide on the best route for treatment, which includes a blood stem cell transplant.

Treatment plan development

Patient’s medical team will decide on the best route for treatment, which includes a blood stem cell transplant.

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The patient’s medical team will test the patient’s family. If there is no matching donor in the family, the doctor will ask for a search of the registry database that shows the number of potential, closely matched donors worldwide.

Finding the best match

The patient’s medical team will test the patient’s family. If there is no matching donor in the family, the doctor will ask for a search of the registry database that shows the number of potential, closely matched donors worldwide.

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The patient’s doctor will choose the most suitable donor for the patient, based on the level of HLA match and other factors such as age, sex and availability.

Donor selected

The patient’s doctor will choose the most suitable donor for the patient, based on the level of HLA match and other factors such as age, sex and availability.

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Before transplant the patient undergoes additional tests to make sure they are healthy for transplant.

Final transplant eligibility testing

Before transplant the patient undergoes additional tests to make sure they are healthy for transplant.

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Getting the patient ready for transplant is called a preparative regimen or conditioning regimen. This includes chemotherapy and possibly radiation therapy.

Admitted to hospital for transplant preparation

Getting the patient ready for transplant is called a preparative regimen or conditioning regimen. This includes chemotherapy and possibly radiation therapy.

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The donated cells arrive at the transplant hospital and are infused into the patient.

Transplant day

The donated cells arrive at the transplant hospital and are infused into the patient.

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During the first 30-100 days the patient will be monitored for post-transplant complications and infections. After transplant, the patient’s blood cell count will begin to go up and their immune system becomes stronger.

Post-transplant recovery

During the first 30-100 days the patient will be monitored for post-transplant complications and infections. After transplant, the patient’s blood cell count will begin to go up and their immune system becomes stronger.

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