Is donating marrow or stem cells the same as giving blood?
No. When you register with DKMS, you are making yourself available as a potential marrow donor for a patient in need of a transplant.
If you do match with a patient, you will be asked to donate marrow or blood stem cells in procedures that differ from donating blood. You can remain a regular blood donor after registering as a bone marrow donor, however, if you do match with a patient, we ask that you don’t give blood for a month prior to donation.