Types of Donations
Whole Blood Donation
Some cancer treatments reduce the number of red blood cells, which can make a patient weak and anemic. Donating blood is an important way to ensure an adequate supply of blood is available for patients undergoing surgery and other cancer treatments at Roswell Park. A single blood donation can be used to help one patient. A blood donation takes approximately 45 minutes. You are eligible to donate whole blood every 56 days. Please consider donating blood!
Apheresis (pronounced Ay-fur-EE-sis) comes from the Greek term meaning to separate. The process of apheresis separates out one specific component of blood, most often platelets. Platelets provide the clotting factor in blood. Cancer patients with leukemia, those receiving chemotherapy and undergoing bone marrow transplantation often need one or several platelet transfusions. Platelets have an extremely limited shelf-life...only five days. Ample and consistent platelet donations are needed to keep up with the demand. A single platelet donation can be used to help one patient. Platelet donations take approximately two hours. The recommended interval between platelet donations is two weeks. Please consider donating platelets!
Platelet-Red Cell Donation
Two Blood Products at the Same Time
A platelet-red cell donation allows for the simultaneous collection of two, critically important, life-saving blood components (platelets and red blood cells). A platelet-red cell donation can benefit multiple patients at Roswell Park. The platelet portion of the donation will assist cancer patients who have a compromised ability to produce platelets due to their particular cancer or treatment program. The red cell portion of the donation will help cancer patients undergoing surgeries or who have become weak or anemic from their cancer treatment program. A platelet-red cell donation takes approximately two hours. You are eligible to make a platelet-red cell donation every 56 days. Please consider a platelet-red cell donation!