When you have completed the physical check up and the doctor has confirmed you are fully qualified. Patients attending physician will advice the most suitable timing for patient to receive bone marrow transplant. Tzu Chi stem cells center volunteer will then contact you and confirm the most convenient date to collect stem cell.
In the case of donating bone marrow, the total procedure is at least 3 days in Tzu Chi general hospital for the operation. (Day 1: admission; day 2: operation, day 3: discharge from hospital.)
If the donor is donating peripheral blood stem cell, the total procedure is at least 2 days in Tzu Chi general hospital for the operation. (Day 1: admission and initiate collecting; day 2: continue collecting if the quantity from day 1 is not sufficient.)
Once the operation (stem cell collection) date is set, patient’s attending physician will start the process of “Conditioning regimen” (Chemo + total body irradiation). During the treatment, patient is in a very fragile status (because all his white blood cell was destroyed during the treatment, in another word, the patient has 0 resistance.) The patient will have to stay in the bacteria free isolation unit until receiving the stem cell from donor.