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Learn about bone marrow transplants, CAR T-cell, and organ donation and how you can be a donor

Become An Organ Donor

Give the gift of life and become an organ or stem cell donor. A stem cell donation is as simple as a cheek swab and saved my life along with many others. Also learn how you can save up to 8 lives by becoming an organ donor

Facts & Info

What is a bone marrow transplant? What is the CAR T cell protocol? What’s the process of a lung transplant? All your questions answered! Learn all the info you need!

Here Is The Process:

What Is CAR T-Cell?

Blood from a vein in the patient’s arm flows through a tube to an apheresis machine (not shown), which removes the white blood cells, including the T cells, and sends the rest of the blood back to the patient. Then, the gene for a special receptor called a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) is inserted into the T cells in the laboratory. Millions of the CAR T cells are grown in the laboratory and then given to the patient by infusion. The CAR T cells are able to bind to an antigen on the cancer cells and kill them.

1. Remove blood from patient to get T cells
2. Make CAR T-Cell that react to cancer cell
3. Grow millions of new CAR T-cells
4. Infuse new CAR T-Cells back into patient
5. CAR T-cells attack cancer cells!

All About...

Bone Marrow Transplants

What is Bone Marrrow?

Bone marrow is found in the centre of bones and is where blood cells are made. Bone marrow contains the youngest type of blood cell known as a stem cell. As a stem cell ages it becomes a white cell, red cell or platelet. These young stem cells are found in the bone marrow itself, peripheral blood (blood stream) and umbilical cord blood.

What is a Bone Marrow Transplant?

A bone marrow transplant (BMT) replaces diseased or damaged cells with non-cancerous stem cells that can grow healthy new cells. BMT is usually used when cancer treatments have destroyed normal stem cells in the bone marrow. The stem cells can be replaced through BMT. A BMT is also performed when chances for cure with chemotherapy alone are low.

What is GvHD?

GvHD happens when types of white blood cells (T-cells) in the donated bone marrow or stem cells attack your own body cells. This happens because the donated cells (the graft) see your body cells (the host) as foreign and attack them.

Lung Transplant

Lung Transplant

Why would someone need an organ transplant?

You may need an organ transplant if one of your organs have failed. This may have happened because you are born with a physical problem or a disease that caused organ failure. Others may have contracted a disease or acquired an injury. Doctors remove an organ from another person and place it in your body. The organ may come from a living donor or a donor who has died. Organs that can be transplanted are the heart, intestine, kidney, liver, lung and pancreas. There is often a long wait time for organ transplant because doctors want to match recipients and donors closely to reduce the risk of rejection after transplant. Rejection happens when your immune system attacks the new organ. If you have a transplant, you must take anti-rejection drugs the rest of your life to help your body from rejecting the new organ.

 

Become an Organ or Stem Cell Donor!

These are two easy process that can save up to 8 lives

As easy as a cheek swab

Steps To Become A Bone Marrow Donor:

Go to www.blood.ca/ > Click on Stem Cells for Life > Click Register to donate Stem Cells > Follow the next 7 easy steps!

Read the information

Take the 10 question test on the information you just read

Create a profile on ca and click Register Now to become a Stem Cell Donor

Complete the personal health questionnaire

Consent

You will now be sent a swab kit in the mail to collect your DNA sample by cheek swab!

Mail back swab kit (postage is paid for), and wait to save a life! 

Click this link and scroll down to find the rules in your province:

For example:

Ontario:

Get health care card with number, be 16+ years of age, head to this page!

Alberta:

By clicking this link you will be directed to the organ and tissue donation website.

Save Up to Lives

Organ Donor

Organ Donor

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Steps To Become An Organ Donor:

Click this link and scroll down to find the rules in your province:

For example:

Ontario:
Get health care card with number, be 16+ years of age, head to this page!

Alberta:
By clicking this link you will be directed to the organ and tissue donation website:

https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Pages/OTDRRegister.aspx

 

Not Sure if You’re an Organ Donor Already?

Check for your province’s regulations here:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/healthy-living/blood-organ-tissue-donation.html

Ontario:
**You must be 16 years of age or older
Look on the back of your photo health card for the word “donor”
Check online at ca/sunnybrook

Alberta:
**You must be 18 years of age or older
You can go to Alberta.ca to find information and a link to the registry.
1) Have your Alberta Health Care Number ready
Indicate your wish to donate, print the form, and mail/fax back to Alberta Health
2) You can go to a registry agent officer to register
3) Sign the back of your health care card!

**You may also want to tell your wishes to your family as they will be making the decisions as well at your bedside.