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CHINESE REGISTRANTS NEEDED - Save Carolyn Tam

Carolyn Tam is a Torontonian who needs your help. She has Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, just like Emru, and she and her family are hoping a compatible bone marrow donor registers in the unrelated database. Please consider cross-posting to other Toronto groups.

The person who is most likely to match Carolyn is someone with the same or similar ethnic background.

In Canada, if you are one of the white patients and in need of a bone marrow transplant, 75 percent find a suitable donor. For everyone else, that number tumbles to 10-30% percent (I have not been able to find a breakdown by ethnicity for the latter group). This includes people who receive transplants involving an international donor.

There are 650 000 registrants in China and if you think that this is  large number of people, you are WRONG. Because of the complexity of matching, hundreds of thousands of people are needed of this background to find someone who is Carolyn's genetic twin in terms of their bone marrow (someone with the same combination of ten genetic markers that form the human leukocyte antigen - HLA -  complex).

In Canada as of March 31, 2008, there are only 233 Chinese people registered as unrelated potential donors. If there were 10,000 Chinese people registered in Canada it would be a SHORTAGE.

Save Carolyn.

WHERE?  该 到哪里才能捐赠骨髓?


浏览 OneMatch 注册成为捐赠者。


WHAT IS REQUIRED TO REGISTER?  要成为捐赠者需具备甚么 条件?

Between age 17 to 50 and of good health.
Call or register on online and you will receive a Swab Kit with 4 Q-tips to collect your saliva samples to mail back to CBS. Once CBS receives the samples, you will be entered into the database - it is AS SIMPLE AS THAT.

In Quebec, contact Hema Quebec. They will send you a consent form, or you can download it from their website. Send it back and a representative will call to make an appointment to gather a blood sample. It takes less time than a blood donation! (Chinese translation required for this paragraph).


您 的年龄必需介乎17周岁至50岁﹐身体健康。 OneMatch网站或你所在地的捐血中心注 册后,有关方面会向你提供一个套件﹐内里有细节﹐说明书及 四支绵花棒﹐ 只要用绵花棒沾上你的唾 液后用回邮信封将样本寄回, 你的所有相关资料就会被 录入中加拿大血液中心的数据库中﹐ 就是这样无痛﹐这样简 单。

IF I AM A MATCH, WHAT IS THE DONATION PROCEDURE?

如果我就是合适的捐赠者 ﹐下一步将会是?

Before proceeding with a donation, you will be contacted by a registered nurse from OneMatch who will guide you through each step of the process. You will be required to complete a physical examination and routine medical tests. These tests may include a chest X-ray and electrocardiogram, as well as blood and urine analyses. They are intended to ensure that you are healthy and physically eligible to be a donor.

在配型成功后作出捐赠前 ﹐ 加 拿大血液中心的注册护士会与你联络﹐ 向你解释及引导每个步 骤,对捐献者进行体检。一是为了保护捐献者,保证其在身体不适时不去捐献;二是为了对患者负责,不把带有病毒的造血干细胞捐给患者。体检包 X, 心电图, 验血及验小便。


AND IF I RECEIVE A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH?

如 果我的骨髓吻合而且通过体检﹐ 有关方面会怎样从我身上 抽取造血干细胞?

In most cases (including mine), the matching donor will be required to donate STEM CELLS through Stimulated Peripheral Blood Donation (AND NOT A BONE MARROW ASPIRATION):
Donor will receive injections of a drug called granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) every day for four to five days. The stem cells are then collected using a procedure called apheresis where your blood is drawn through a needle. The blood is then passed through a centrifuge where the stem cells are separated from the rest of your blood. The remaining blood is returned back into your body through another needle. This is a non-surgical procedure.

整个过程并不复杂﹐ 亦并非手术﹐ 无需开刀。体检合格及一 旦确定捐献后,捐献者需要在采集中心连续四天注射细胞动员剂, 然后进行采集。主要是通 过细胞分离机将造血干细胞从血液中分离出来,而其余血液将从另一管道输回捐献者身体﹐ 整个过程就像捐血。一般 来说, 100-150ml 的造血干细胞混悬液就能 挽救一个患者。
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