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Apheresis

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Apheresis and Infusion Treatment Area

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Automated blood collection (sometimes called apheresis, or ABC) is a special kind of blood donation. Instead of giving one pint of whole blood (as in a regular donation), an ABC donor gives only those components of the blood needed for patients that day.

Apheresis donations help people undergoing cancer therapy and leukemia patients who do not have enough platelets due to either their disease or their cancer treatment, which can damage bone marrow and result in hemorrhage.

Transfusions of platelets from apheresis donations can help keep these patients alive while allowing enough time for their therapy to work.

Treatments Enabled by Apheresis

The availability of an onsite apheresis program allows cancer patients access to a variety of cutting edge treatments, including:

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