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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.
ABC is made possible by an amazing machine that separates the components of your blood, retains certain components, and returns the rest to you—all with a single needle. It's a very efficient way of directly helping patients in hospitals. By collecting the optimal number of blood components at each donation, we can help ensure that these lifesaving products are available for the community.
Treatments enabled by apheresis
The availability of an onsite apheresis program allows cancer patients access to a variety of cutting edge treatments, including:
The Stanford Medicine Online Second Opinion program offers you easy access to our world-class doctors. It’s all done remotely and you don’t have to visit our hospital or one of our clinics for this service. You don’t even need to leave home!
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