Can You Donate Stem Cells?

Becoming a stem cell donor is a serious commitment. We want you to feel comfortable with your decision to donate. Our transplant coordinators are here to help if you have questions or concerns.

Requirements for stem cell donation

To donate stem cells to a family member or stranger, you should be:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 44 (donors up to age 60 will be considered, but transplants from younger donors are more successful)
  • A compatible human leukocyte antigen (HLA) type with the recipient
  • In excellent medical and psychological health

Exclusions for stem cell donation

You cannot donate stem cells if you have:

  • Certain infectious diseases, such as hepatitis or HIV
  • Cancer
  • Severe arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis
  • Severe breathing problems, including asthma, sleep apnea or emphysema
  • Autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, Crohn’s disease or psoriasis
  • Chronic back, neck or hip problems
  • Insulin-dependent diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Active drug use or alcoholism
  • Certain mental health illnesses

Medical tests for stem cell donation

You must complete a series of medical tests before you can donate stem cells:

  • Physical examination, including review of past medical history
  • Mental health assessment
  • Blood and human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing
  • Blood screens for transmittable viruses, such as hepatitis and HIV
  • Urinalysis
  • Heart tests, such as electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Chest X-rays
Take the next step

Speak with a Transplant Institute specialist.