An action in support of bone marrow donation, the Coincidence expedition, will be held in Stary Oskol. This is an educational project of the Rusfond, the purpose of which is to popularize the idea of bone marrow donation as a new life strategy: everyone can change himself, country and the world by deciding to save the life of a stranger. Coincidence Expedition is supported by the Presidential Grants Fund.
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The expedition will be held in Stary Oskol on Monday, December 2.
At 15:00, a lecture on bone marrow donation will be held at the Stary Oskol Medical College. At 16:00 in the educational and exhibition center "Zhelezno!" Will begin a public interview "One to two. The iron solution. " Journalists Sergey Mostovshchikov and Alexei Yablokov are asking questions to potential bone marrow donor, accountant from Stary Oskol, Elena Mayuchikh. Then the staff and visitors to the exhibition center will see the film by Maria Varand "Man on Top". The documentary tells the story of the life of a real bone marrow donor, crane operator of the Murmansk commercial port Evgeny Moiseev.
In addition, as part of the Stary Oskoltsi Make Blood campaign, from December 2 to 5, residents of the city will be able to donate blood for genetic analysis for inclusion in the register of potential bone marrow donors in all Old Oskol laboratories of Invitro.
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A transplant of donor bone marrow (hematopoietic stem cells) is often the only chance for salvation for a patient with blood cancer.
However, the donor and the recipient must match each other according to the so-called tissue compatibility factor. The chance of coincidence is 1 out of 10,000 cases. Therefore, each country has its own register of potential bone marrow donors. The more people in it, the greater the chance of a coincidence for each patient.
In Russia, the creation and development of the National registry of bone marrow donors named after Vasya Perevoshchikova is engaged in the Rusfond charity foundation.
Despite a significant increase in the donor base (today, various Russian registries contain data on phenotypes of more than 100 thousand people), in order to at least partially cover the real need for bone marrow transplants in Russia, hundreds more thousands of volunteers aged 18 to 45 years.
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– The issue of the development of bone marrow donation in the country cannot be solved without the participation of wide layers of civil society. This is a technological and social breakthrough that is taking place in the development of the non-profit movement in our country. Everyone talks about the motivation of people when they are involved in bone marrow donation. And we need a huge army of volunteers and technologies for their motivation, – the president of Rusfond Lev Ambinder. – Rusfond is engaged in charity, which affects everyone. This is the type of charity where it is not necessary to make a very large contribution, but each person who replenishes the bone marrow donor register must give part of himself. Are we ready to give part of ourselves and save another person? The ignorance of citizens about the safety of donation inhibits the development of donation. The Public Chamber is just able to convey this information to people, – First Deputy Secretary of the Public Chamber Vyacheslav Bocharov.
Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is used primarily in the treatment of cancer, as well as in aplastic anemia and a number of hereditary blood defects.
It should not be thought that the patient is “exchanged” with his bone marrow for someone else. In fact, the patient receives intravenous hematopoietic stem cells of a healthy person, which restore the body's ability to hematopoiesis. These cells can develop, turning into red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
There are two ways to take bone marrow from a donor.
First, under general or epidural anesthesia, a small part of the bone marrow (this is liquid) is pumped from the upper edge of the pelvic bones into the syringe using a hollow needle. After this, the donor spends in the hospital about two days.
The second method is to obtain hematopoietic cells from peripheral blood. Previously, the donor is given a drug that “expels” the necessary cells from the bone marrow. Then blood is taken from a vein, it passes through a device that separates it into components, hematopoietic stem cells are collected, and the rest of the blood is returned to the body through a vein on the other hand. The procedure lasts five to six hours.
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