On the 1st October 2012 Anthony Nolan changed their stem cell donor registration joining policy. Previously recruitment was focused on eligible individuals 18-40 years of age. The new policy has changed the age range to 16-30...The Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign will of course refocus activity to reach the slightly adjusted demographic.
so why the change? ...essentially the age reduction is based on patient outcomes, doctors will tend (if given the choice) to choose younger donors, experience has shown such donors tend to give better clinical outcomes...the policy change is a move toward enhancing the quality of donors on the register. Younger donors will of course also be on the database for longer!
The first young donor has already registered in Nottingham following a college presentation by the Anthony Nolan "register & be a lifesaver" (R & Be) programme.