Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant (PBSC)
A stem cell transplant patient at Phoenix Children's Hospital can get infused stem cells from an allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplant (PBSC) donor.
The collection of stem cells from a PBSC donor takes place in the operating room, often during the pre-admission phase of the stem cell transplant process.
The PBSC donor is required to have injections of G-CSF (Neupogen) to increase the number of white blood cells and stem cells in their blood stream. The donor then has an intravenous catheter that is used for the apheresis process of removing the stem cells from their blood stream and returning the other blood cells to their body.
The donor may have some bone discomfort from the G-CSF due to the large number of white blood cells and stem cells being produced there.
Learn more about autologous stem cell sources and about stem cell donation from the perspective of a potential allogeneic donor.