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This is the liquid part of the blood. It is often used to add volume to the blood system after a large loss of blood


a concentrated source of certain plasma proteins. It is used to treat some bleeding problems.

red blood cells

These carry oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body and then they carry carbon dioxide back to the lungs. A low count is called anemia. A transfusion may be needed to treat anemia

White blood cells

These help fight infection, bacteria and other substances that enter the body. When the count becomes too low, it is called Neutropenia.


These help blood to clot. Platelet transfusions are given when the platelet count is too low


the process of giving blood products through an
intravenous (IV) catheter.


Taking a sample of blood to find the type and match it with the donor blood in order to decrease the chance of a reaction






the formation of abnormal white blood cells in the blood

leukemia cells

abnormal white blood cells which don't die when they should and crowd out normal blood cells

watchful waiting

Not getting cancer treatment right away


The process of destroying signs of leukemia and making symptoms go away

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