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If you are a potential match for a patient, what happens next?

If your human leukocyte antigens (HLA) is found to match a patient, you will be contacted by a member of the DKMS team. The donor management team member may reach out via email, phone call, text message, and letter to share the news and to kick-off this exciting process.

Medical professional in a white jacket talking with a potential donor.

Our staff will review the next steps you need to take in order to move forward. You will be asked to complete a health history questionnaire to ensure it is safe for you to proceed.

Once your medical history is reviewed and you are cleared to continue, you will be asked to complete a blood test. There are no costs to donors for these tests.

There are two methods of donation – peripheral blood stem cell donation (PBSC) and bone marrow donation. The patient’s medical team determines what method will provide the best chance for a successful transplant. The most common method, performed in 80% of transplants, is PBSC.

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