Exclusion Criteria

Potential blood stem cell donors must be in good health and have no condition that by donating would adversely affect:

  • The health of the donor
  • The health of the patient
  • The successful completion of an apheresis procedure

If any one of the following applies to you, unfortunately you will be unable to join the The Sunflower Fund Stem Cell Registry as a potential Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Donor:

  • You are aged under 18 or over 55.
  • You are severely overweight (a BMI of more than 40).
  • You have ever been injected with non-prescription drugs including body-building drugs (includes one off use).

You have EVER had any of the following:

  • Autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease or Graves’ disease
  • Back surgery
  • Bipolar or other severe mental disorder
  • Blood disorders: DIC – Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation, Haemophilia, Pernicious Anaemia, Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Disease
  • Cancer (including leukaemia), except for cured carcinoma in-situ and basal cell carcinoma
  • Depression : on 2 or more medications at the same time
  • Diabetes (unless this is controlled by diet alone)
  • Epilepsy (unless you have not had a seizure and not taken medication for epilepsy for the last three years)
  • Heart disease or heart surgery
  • Hepatitis B or C, or HTLV
  • HIV or any other sexually transmitted disease (including having a partner at risk of contracting same)
  • Stroke
  • Blood transfusion
  • Intravenous drugs not prescribed by a doctor

If the donor has an immediate family member with the following:

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML)
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)