DKMS stands for Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei (German Marrow Donor Program), it was founded in Germany in 1991. They hold the register for all stem cell donors. All is takes is a swab test to be completed and sent back to be added to the bone marrow register. If you have any questions please always refer to DKMS UK website.

DIY Swab Test Kits

You can register to become a potential blood stem cell donor on their website. Simply fill in the online registration form and they’ll send you a DIY swab kit if you are eligible. You can join the register if you are aged between 17-55 years old and in good health. 

The kit contains three swabs. Begin by rinsing your mouth with water if you have eaten or had anything to drink within the past hour. Rub and rotate a swab on the inside of one cheek for 60 seconds, repeat with the second swab on the inside of the other cheek and then return to the first cheek with the third swab. Allow to dry for two minutes before placing into the swab envelope provided, which should be sent back to their office in the pre-paid envelope. They will then send them to their laboratory, which will determine your tissue type, and your details will be placed anonymously onto the register of potential donors with your unique donor number.

Please remember to send it back as soon as you have completed the swab test kit. To sooner DKMS receive them the sooner they can be processed.

Only 60% of people who request an online swab kit return it.

Only around 30% of people with blood cancer find a matching donor within their family.

A bone marrow transplant is the same as a stem cell transplant.

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma.

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