During the month of September, Virginia Blood Services will encourage donors and the community to “Give Hope” by donating blood in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness.
Blood is made up of three components: Red Blood Cells, Platelets and Plasma. Some cancer treatments cause a loss of platelets. These specialized blood cells help control blood clotting. When platelet levels fall too low, patients are given a transfusion of platelets to replenish their supply and prevent life-threatening hemorrhages. Learn more about platelet donation here!
The types of cancers that occur most often in children are different from those seen in adults. The most common cancers of children are:
• Brain and other central nervous system tumors
• Wilms tumor
• Lymphoma (including both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin)
• Bone cancer (including osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma)
“Our littlest warriors need blood too. Children fighting cancer and those living with blood disorders like sickle cell disease and thalassemia require transfusions to replenish their blood supply. Please donate!” – Dr. Mandy Atkinson, Carilion Pediatric Hematology/Onocology