Nigel had a stem cell transplant in 2013 to treat acute myeloid leukemia ( AML). He spoke to Billie in patient services on his 5th transplant birthday about what his recovery has been like. Can you tell me what happened when you first became unwell? I’d had chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) for some time…
At Anthony Nolan, we recruit lifesavers – with a register of more than 550,000 people in the UK, all of them ready and waiting to donate stem cells or bone marrow to a patient in need.
But once you’re on the register, how likely are you to actually donate? In this blog, we explain the facts.
If you’re on the Anthony Nolan register, you have about a 1 in 900 chance of being chosen as a match for a patient with blood cancer or a blood disorder in the next five years (1 in 200 if you’re a young man).
Which makes James’ story all the more incredible – because in the past five years, he’s donated three times!
Today is World Marrow Donor Day, held by blood cancer charities across the world to celebrate the incredible people across the face of the planet who’ve donated their stem cells to give a complete stranger a second chance.
If you’ve been a donor, it may now seem like a distant memory, or a small moment in your life – which is why we’ve asked Ashling to share her story today.