New Year's Resolutions
New Year’s Resolutions come in many forms. This year consider registering for bone marrow donation. Patients with leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on finding matching donors to save their life. Donors must be a close genetic match. Even with a registry of millions, 6 out of 10 patients NEVER receive the lifesaving transplant they need.
Patients needing a transplant undergo chemotherapy to destroy their diseased marrow. Then a donor’s healthy blood-forming stem cells are transfused directly into the patient’s bloodstream. They migrate to the bone marrow where they can begin to function and multiply. Seventy percent of patients cannot find a matching donor within their family and depend on the national registry to find an unrelated bone marrow donor.
Most donations involve collection of blood from the donor. Circulating stem cells are separated from the rest of the blood components which are returned to the donor. Actual bone marrow harvest may be done in the operating room where a needle is placed into the hip bone.
Registering for bone marrow donation is as easy as filling out a form and swabbing the inside of your cheeks. Your commitment as a donor may one day save a person’s life.
Happy New Year from Women’s Health Care and Aviva Aesthetics!
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