Initiated on May 28, 2014, World Blood Cancer Day is a day to for people to show their solidarity with blood cancer patients.
On May 26th, in the eve of the World Blood Cancer Day, PBS welcomed Clara Sarmentero, who together with DKMS, is part of an awareness campaign about blood cancer and the different donations.
Every 35 seconds, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer and it is very common among children and young people. Even though the dysfunction may be expressed in different ways but they all have one thing in common, the diseased cells proliferate uncontrollably, having fatal results in many cases. But there’s hope through chemotherapy and stem cell transplant.
Everybody that is healthy, between 18 and 55 years old, weights more than 50Kg and doesn’t belong to a risk group can join this cause and become a stem cell donor. After the registration and some preliminary check-ups the person can be called up to donate when a receptor needs it.
In over 80% of the cases the donation can be made by peripheral stem cell extraction. This non-surgical procedure takes 3 to 4 hours and the only side effect to the donor is, while taking the medication, you may experience flu-like symptoms.
The other 20% are done through bone marrow donation. The collection takes place in a hospital for about 24 to 36 hours and the donor gets a dick leave for 4-5 days.
Here are the authorized donation centers in Catalonia:
We’re pleased to have contributed to this cause and want to help raise awareness about the topic, plus inviting our readers to participate and join the group of, not only stem cells, but life donners.
We want to invite you also to be a part of the World Blood Cancer Day with the red symbol “&”, which means that you & me together can fight against blood cancer. Make your mark!