How long does it take?

Mike Conley speaks about the the time needed to become a bone marrow donor with Be The Match.

It doesn’t take long to save a life

Registration is a short process that could potentially match you to save the life of someone with your heritage. Donation is a simpler process than some may think.

The typical time commitment for the donation process is 20-30 hours of your time spread out over a four-to-six-week period.

There are two donation methods: Peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) and marrow.

  • 90% of all PBSC donations are completed in 1 session, which may take up to 8 hours.
  • For 5 days leading up to a donor’s PBSC donation, he or she will be given injections of a filgrastim, which increases the number of blood stem cells in your bloodstream.

Bone marrow donation is a surgical procedure that takes place in a hospital operating room with anesthesia. Typically, the hospital stay for marrow donation is from early morning to late afternoon, or occasionally overnight for observation.