When you donate blood, you could be saving a cancer patient’s life. Many people undergoing cancer treatment require blood transfusions – sometimes daily.
“In some cases, a cancer patient needs a transfusion because of the cancer itself,” says Mark A. Meadors, DO, medical oncologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “Cancers may cause internal bleeding, reduce blood-making cells in the bone marrow or affect other organs that help maintain a normal blood count.
“In other situations,” Meadors continues, “a patient needs a transfusion after undergoing treatment. People who have had surgery often need additional blood. Most chemotherapy drugs affect cells in the bone marrow, which can lead to a low blood cell count. Radiation therapy can also destroy blood cells.”
When you donate blood, the blood center collects about one pint at a time. One donation can help save the lives of up to three people.
For more information on how to donate, call 573-331-3000.