Types of donations
TYPES OF DONATIONS
There are four ways to donate: plasma, platelets, red cells, and whole blood. Those different components in our blood have many uses. During and after a donation, we are able to separate those components, to give a recipient exactly what they need.
Keep in mind, the process can vary based on the type of donation. Eligibility varies too. We require certain qualifications to give plasma and platelets, compared to red cells and whole blood. Ask your phlebotomist what you’re eligible to donate.
You may have heard someone say “I’m a baby donor” or “I donate for the babies.” What does that mean? It means they are CMV negative – the person has not been exposed to the cytomegalovirus, or CMV. CMV is a complex flu-like virus that most adults are exposed to at sometime in their lives. It is a double stranded DNA virus belonging to the herpes virus family. This is important because in low birth weight infants, the consequences of such infection may be severe or even fatal.
Donating blood for your own surgery is called an autologous donation. These blood units are collected and stored until the surgery. A Physician’s Request for Autologous Donation is required. Safety of the patient is always the highest priority, so the patient must meet certain health and medical criteria.
You and your physician have decided that a treatment with Provenge® is advisable.
The Blood Connection partners with Dendreon as a collection center at our Spartanburg, South Carolina location. The first step in Provenge prostate cancer treatment is collecting blood components used to perform leukapheresis.
Prior to your Leukapheresis Procedure please remember to:
- Drink plenty of caffeine free fluids for several days leading up to each of your leukapheresis procedures. On the day prior to your procedure, please do not drink beverages containing caffeine.
- Eat a “hearty” meal prior to your procedure.
- Wear clothing as described inside.
- Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment. The collection of your cells for PROVENGE is very time sensitive!
- Bring a current picture ID. (cannot be expired)