• Can someone on Warfarin be tested as a stem cell donor? Are cousins good stem cell donors?

    Asked by LindaParker on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    Can someone on Warfarin be tested as a stem cell donor? Are cousins good stem cell donors?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • SueRae1's Avatar

      You would have to check with a doctor about that, if they can they would have be off the drug for about a week to prevent bleeding. Matching people for stem cell donation is tricky, sometimes relatives are great matches, other times not, the depends on so many factors. have they tried matching you to a list of people who have volunteered to be donors. I know many people on that list. Also a friend of mine was lucky enough to get a transplant off the list last year.

      over 3 years ago
    • WVgirl2424's Avatar

      Check with your doctor about the Warfarin. Blood thinners are to prevent blood clots and if that person has a blood disorder, they will not let them donate. My doctor only tested my full siblings. I did get extremely lucky and had 2 matches from 4 siblings. My brother was my donor and I have been 100% donor since day 12. I am 21 months post transplant. My doctor said full siblings are tested, if no matches then they have a donor registry I'll of volunteers, a friend of mine had and received stem cell transplant from someone in Germany last year. If no match on the registry you can try cord blood however the odds of cord blood are not great. Also if a person is over 60 or 65 they will not let them donate. Bone marrow is not used for transplant as much anymore. They usually use stem cells which when you get your donated cells it takes very little time and is just like getting blood only no pump is used, pumps can injure the cells. I guess I understand some things more because I am an RN. However some areas remain gray and I ask a lot of questions. I will pray for you to be successful!

      over 3 years ago

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