Mary Reed, MD
Location and Office HoursVia Christi Cancer Center
1102 E Centennial
Pittsburg, KS 66762
How often can I donate blood?
American Red Cross answeredYou must wait at least eight weeks (56 days) between donations of whole blood. Regulations are different for those giving blood for themselves (autologous donors) and for those donating blood by automated collection methods (apheresis).
Are myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases serious?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases can be very serious. Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia tends to affect very young children and the survival time usually ranges from one to four years although some people live as long as 10 years with treatment. Those with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia may live between two and four years. Often, this type of cancer is not curable although treatment can help you to live for a longer time and have a better quality of life. Your doctor can help you to determine your prognosis and treatment options.
What is a white blood cell (WBC)?
William Lee Dubois, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, answeredWhite blood cells (WBC) are like an army. They patrol your body constantly, on the lookout for attacks from viruses, bacteria, and other infections. If the scouts find a problem, they sound the alarm and the troops swarm to the site of the attack.
And just like a military is made up of Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Forces, the WBC army also has specialists with names like Neutrophil, Esoniophil, Basophil, Lymphocyte, and Macrophage.
Each "branch" of the WBC military specializes in fighting different kinds of invaders.
One cool thing about blood cells in general is that, unlike most cells that reproduce by dividing, blood cells are manufactured in the bone marrow.
A WBC count is part of a blood test called a Complete Blood Count. An elevated WBC would serve as a marker of infection, as an unusual number of "troops" shows an invasion has taken place.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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