Exclusion Criteria

Potential blood stem cell donors must be in good health and have no condition that by donating would adversely affect:

  • The health of the donor
  • The health of the patient
  • The successful completion of an apheresis procedure

If any one of the following applies to you, unfortunately you will be unable to join the DKMS Stem Cell Registry as a potential Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Donor:

  • You are aged under 18 or over 55.
  • You are severely overweight (a BMI of more than 40).
  • You have ever been injected with non-prescription drugs including body-building drugs (includes one off use).

You have EVER had any of the following:

  • Autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease or Graves’ disease
  • Back surgery
  • Bipolar or other severe mental disorder
  • Blood disorders: DIC – Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation, Haemophilia, Pernicious Anaemia, Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Disease
  • Cancer (including leukaemia), except for cured carcinoma in-situ and basal cell carcinoma
  • Depression : on 2 or more medications at the same time
  • Diabetes (unless this is controlled by diet alone)
  • Epilepsy (unless you have not had a seizure and not taken medication for epilepsy for the last three years)
  • Heart disease or heart surgery
  • Hepatitis B or C, or HTLV
  • HIV or any other sexually transmitted disease (including having a partner at risk of contracting same)
  • Stroke
  • Blood transfusion
  • Intravenous drugs not prescribed by a doctor

If the donor has an immediate family member with the following:

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML)
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)

Formerly known as The Sunflower Fund