Thought the odds would be better? Please remember this: For some patients, out of 9.5 million registry members, only one is a match. Every member of the registry is important. You never know when you could be the one a patient needs.
The path to donation – by the numbers
Registry members – 9 million
When you join the Be The Match Registry, you become part of an international community of 9 million members committed to saving a life through marrow donation. About 6.3 million of those Be The Match Registry members are in the United States.
Additional testing – 1 in 40
About 1 of every 40 U.S. Be The Match Registry members will be called for additional testing. Additional testing can be used to narrow the list of several potential donors and to determine who is the best possible match for a patient.
About 8% of members who complete additional testing go on to donate. Reasons someone may not move forward include:
- They are not the best match for the patient
- They have health issues that make them ineligible to donate
- They decide not to proceed, for a variety of reasons
- The patient’s health or treatment plan changes
Best possible donor – 1 in 300
About 1 in 300 U.S. Be The Match Registry members will be selected as the best possible donor for a patient. These potential donors will have an information session with their donor center representative to learn about the donation process. If they agree to continue, they will undergo a physical exam to make sure donation is safe for them and the patient.
More than half (57%) of these potential donors will go on to donate to a patient. Reasons someone may not proceed include:
- The patient’s health changes, requiring transplant to be delayed or canceled
- A more closely matched donor may be found
- The physical exam reveals health issues that make the potential donor ineligible to donate
- The donor may decide not to proceed with donation, for a variety of reasons
Donation – 1 in 540
About 1 in 540 U.S. Be The Match Registry members go on to donate to a patient.
Your chances and your role
Because of the vast variation in tissue types, we can’t predict what an individual registry member’s chance of donating to a patient might be. If you have a relatively common tissue type, you might be one of many who could match a searching patient. If you have an uncommon tissue type, you may never match a patient, or you might be the only one out of 9 million who can save a person’s life.
Every person who joins the registry gives patients more hope of finding the match they need. The most important thing you can do as a registry member is to stay informed and committed so that if you’re selected as the best donor, you’re ready to move forward.
- Learn more about what to expect as a member of Be The Match Registry
- Find ways to make a difference even when you are not the one called