Nearly 50% of all blood donations are used in the treatment of haematological diseases (including treatment of blood cancers and anemia) and yet only 4% of the able population donate blood.
The majority of blood cancer patients will need a blood or platelet transfusion during their treatment. Some patients require multiple transfusions.
Donating blood is extremely quick and easily. Each time you donate you could be helping to save up to three people.
With treatment becoming more and more individualized the need for platelet donors is also on the rise.
For more information please visit www.blood.co.uk
When a patient is told they need a bone marrow (stem cell) transplant this is often their last chance of a cure. The below organisations register donors to one single UK registry, and by joining you could help save a life.
The British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR) is part of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). They help patients find suitable stem cell matches by recruiting potential donors from our dedicated blood donors. If you are a male blood donor aged between 17 and 40 years old, or are a female blood donor aged 17-40 from Black, Asian, and minority ethnicities and mixed ethnicity backgrounds, you can tell the staff when you next give blood that you’d like to join the BBMR.
If you’re between 16 – 30 and in good health, you can sign up to the Anthony Nolan register and you’ll stay on it until you turn 60.
Anyone permanently living in the UK between the ages of 18-55 and in general good health can become a potential blood stem cell donor with DKMS, with pre-registration possible from the age of 17.