The Kentucky Blood Center Bloodmobile will be available at the Harrison County Homemakers Day, Main Street, on Friday, May 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cancer patients often need blood products:
• Some cancers can cause internal bleeding, which can lead to anemia (too few red blood cells).
• Cancers that start in the bone marrow (such as leukemia) or that spread there from other places may crowd out the normal blood-making cells, leading to low blood counts.
• People who have had cancer for some time may develop what is known as “anemia of chronic disease.”
• Cancer can also lower blood counts in other ways by affecting organs such as the kidneys and spleen, which are involved in keeping enough cells in the blood.
Cancer treatments may also lead to the need for blood transfusions:
• Blood loss during cancer surgery may require red blood cell or platelet transfusions.
• Most chemotherapy drugs affect cells in the bone marrow. This commonly leads to low levels of white blood cells and platelets, which can sometimes put a person at risk for life-threatening infections or bleeding.
• When radiation is used to treat a large area of the bones it can affect the bone marrow and lead to low blood cell counts.
• Bone marrow transplant (BMT) or peripheral blood stem cell transplant (PBSCT) patients get large doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. This destroys the blood-making cells in the bone marrow. These patients commonly have very low blood cell counts after the procedure and may need transfusions.
Plasma is commonly given to patients who are bleeding because their blood is not clotting properly. Cancer patients might also be given fresh frozen plasma (FFP).
Cancer patients may require transfusions of platelets if their bone marrow is not making enough. This happens when platelet-producing bone marrow cells are damaged by chemotherapy or radiation therapy or when they are crowded out of the bone marrow by cancer cells. Seventy percent of the platelets donated to the Kentucky Blood Center go to cancer patients within five days of the donation.
Blood donations benefit cancer patients.
Kentucky Blood Center will donate $5 to a Relay for Life team for every donor who identifies themselves as a Relay for life. This applies to the Harrison County Homemakers Blood Drive.