Many of our patients need platelet transfusions on a daily basis because of the type of care they’re getting. Platelets are formed in the bone marrow, and patients with blood cancers are often not able to produce their own platelets.
I knew Brian from refereeing ice hockey. Our group of friends had been involved in youth hockey for decades; we were a close and giving community. Then, about 11 years ago, Brian was diagnosed with cancer.
January marks National Blood Donor Month. There is a significant, ongoing need for blood and blood products at Roswell Park to ensure an adequate supply for patients undergoing cancer treatments or surgery.
If a family member or friend is going through cancer treatment at Roswell Park, you may find yourself looking for a way to become actively involved.