Why You Should Register to Donate Bone Marrow as a Minority

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If a blood cancer patient is a good candidate for a blood and marrow transplant, they must be matched with a donor with the same human leukocyte antigen (HLA) type. Finding a matched donor for marrow is different and much more complex than finding a matched blood donor. This is because HLA is a type … Continued

Signs, Symptoms and Treatments for Childhood Blood Cancer

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      September is not only Blood Cancer Awareness Month but also Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. As we wrap up this important month of awareness and education, be sure to educate yourself and your loved ones on the signs, symptoms and treatments for childhood blood cancer. Leukemia is the most common type of blood … Continued

The Impact of Blood Donation

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It is estimated that more than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day in the United States, some of which are given to cancer patients as blood transfusions. A blood transfusion is a process where blood cells such as red cells, platelets or plasma are donated and then given to a recipient. Platelets and plasma … Continued

Answers to Your Questions about ET

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Sponsored by Incyte  Myeloproliferative neoplasms, or MPNs, are a group of blood disorders that occur when a patient’s bone marrow does not function properly. Bone marrow is a spongy tissue where blood cells are primarily made. Essential thrombocythemia (ET), a specific type of MPN, is a rare blood cancer where your body makes too many … Continued