About 38% of platelet donations are used for cancer patients.
The body has trillions of living cells that grow and divide into new cells. Cancer develops when abnormal cells grow at a rapid rate.
People fighting cancer receive blood and platelets during their treatment for a variety of reasons.
Why Do Cancer Patients Need Platelets?
Some cancers can cause internal bleeding, which can lead to anemia. Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin.
Low Blood Count
Cancer can affect the bone marrow, crowding out blood-making cells.
When patients have surgery to remove tumors, they often need blood transfusions to replace the blood lost during the operation.
Drugs can affect bone marrow health, causing a drop in white blood cells and platelets.
Radiation therapy removes, kills and damages cancer cells, along with a lot of healthy cells as well. It can also affect bone marrow’s ability to create new cells, both leading to low blood cell counts.
Bone Marrow Transplants
Patients who undergo bone marrow transplants often need blood or platelet donations during the procedure to help replace the blood lost. Platelets are used for cancer, trauma, burn, and surgery patients to assist with blood clotting and stop internal and external bleeding.