This is Roswell. Rookie by Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Your team opinion or your total options. Your host him -- -- welcome back to Roswell incident comprehensive look at all aspects of cancer care treatment diagnosis and research. From a comprehensive source Roswell park. Cancer institute here in Buffalo, New York. I'm -- -- and today the importance of platelet donation we'll explain what it is why it's so important how you can participate in that process. And who benefits and January is national blood donor month and I you'll understand the difference by the end of this program between. Platelet donation blood donation by both. Are extremely important in studio today here at Roswell park Marie turner. Marketing and communications manager for the Roswell. Donors senator Maria thank you for being here thank you -- here got a big job a tough one I noted -- to get people to. Do what our next guest he is doing in a regular basis so it does take some convincing sometimes yeah well and in I think we'll we'll help with that effort today and you -- -- today Nancy one of the platelet donors here. At Roswell park cancer thanks for being here pleasure to be here just a different spot here -- -- are still far from where you normally very different. We've and we won't we won't no needles and here. Com I thought. We're gonna find out that those really a big deal -- Arizona as we continue. You know we see the importance of platelet donation people I think know what. Blood donation were very familiar with the process of of blood donation a -- at the difference between blood donation blood supply. And platelet donation platelets supply well. Placements are actually one component of our blind. And it's very needed component for people who are going through cancer therapies because it serves as a clotting agent. So that's what -- was doing our blood they help clots so that we don't literally bleed to death. And people are more familiar with the blood donation. And I -- Roswell where hoping to familiarize them with platelet donations while because it's equally as important and sometimes more important. Why so important with cancer care where platelets so important in in the treatment of cancer patients often and when. Certain cancers especially blood cancers. How are being treated what happens is part of the treatment process as well let's listen very good things for the patient. It also has the ability to impede the body's own natural ability to make their own platelets. And that's very important because as I stated somebody could and -- -- dire consequences. If they're -- that supplies not -- needs to be so when -- cancer citing. It's very important that we have an inadequate number of -- available. To transfused patients went. With blood donation you know we -- we know that people when they go to an emergency room and an emergent situation might need blood they might need -- quick. And they might be at one time. Cancer care is different people need these platelets and they need them sometimes daily right. That's actually true they do need it sometimes daily against the that they can continue on the path. You know successful treatment options. And it. It can be. You know depending on the patient. And. You know 1020348050. And I and I completely transfusions during the duration of their care here sorry we're gonna get into how people can participate in this what the process is. -- and continue the conversation of of how important it is and I wanna bring Nancy into the conversation. It's -- first of all tell me how you first got involved with in interested in becoming a platelet donor. Well in this states there to 1995. I was a teacher at that time and one of my very good friends here and breast cancer. And she and -- needed to stem cell transplant. At the time they were doing them for for cancer -- breast cancer patients. And they said that she would need platelets. And so I came down maybe once or twice and there was a whole group of people at school you know they did that. And down. This really go quick wit. We got Leo made me aware of more than anything that's -- right but then nights that was life got in the way that when I retired and I decided. One of my friends. Who actually made the -- we're talking that chocolate chip cookies earlier she -- Every two weeks. Every two weeks in which is the most you can -- she comes. And she always brings to -- -- chip cookies -- when she comes but she made me even more aware she kind of reminded me of what what is thought about itself. That connection I think between -- you know knowing someone who is in need is it is important. Not that someone needs to -- -- to -- on that too. In just a minute -- anybody can donate that to meet certain requirements but. That connection really is what drew you win I'm sure you probably know others in in the donors senator who -- have similar situations -- Yes there are I mean I know I told other people some of my friends about it when their family members were sick. That they could do they get bored that I could actually. Take the plate that I donated and -- them go right to their person that was set could I get to know somebody that was excel. I think it is a big thing the way of getting people and then they give back you know that people that actually received. Their family members on Wednesday and give back I think after the patient news I have passed away -- You know continued to on the road to good health but you continue to do this. You know end you know you don't know all of the benefactors of a no goodwill. Why you continue. Well there's two reasons. -- number one I feel very very blessed that I am healthy you know that's the main thing and it is a way that I can use my good health and pay it forward so to speak you know when I mean. The other thing is that. Tonight my daughter works here and she a couple of years ago she was telling me that they he had. You could be screened for bone marrow transplants. To donate your bone marrow to somebody and it's even more. You know not maybe not more in need but probably less people people are less aware of that to -- it better. And down so I went to sign up to donate my bone marrow and they told me it was too well. Sell pot like no fear that I get -- -- -- relay and I guess my blood and marrow is then you know and maybe after certain point here. You're not old enough to do or you're too old to do it and Pakistan was anyway so I figured well I can do this I can do this -- now. I'm not always is diligent as my friend in common every two weeks in house. You donate blood as well or just platelets or whatever that he might be that you can put on -- I don't donate blood and I'll tell you why. You can I think you have to wait eight weeks. To donate life. But if you donate blood and you go to donate plate -- and you've donated blood within the last six weeks left say. You can't donate platelets you have to he have another eight weeks and so therefore I think there's a greater. Made I don't know if there's a greater need for platelets that certainly irrational or visit as Maria was mentioning there isn't a big mean. So for me. I had a good time and I can donate the platelets so I don't do the blood. I do the plate and stat. Apparently he's done a great job of explaining why do you do you have a few minutes we're gonna find out how you deal with the process is like for you. I don't -- patient but the that the dollar my guess would be the correct way to put it Maria. You know. They need is you very demonstrated is great. Is the need for blood and platelets -- here. You know it can vary on a day to day basis but the -- differentiation. Is that. Platelets have a much shorter shelf life but all of these products are perishable just like something that would be in your refrigerator they only -- a certain amount of time. Bloody is good for 42 days so we have more I believe -- with that as far as the other transfusion needs of our patients. Platelets are only good for five days once they're transfused. And keep in -- they have to be tested before they can be transfused. So in the and we might end up with three and a half days to transfused this very neat products so because the turnover. Is so much more intense. It Jackson didn't -- We only hear about shortages we tend to in the public hear about shortages when there's a great need. Is there ever to monitor isn't always that you just are in constant need because you're churning. Through so many people in need here -- I've been here over thirteen years and I really can't think of a time when there is ever too much. Dating back to him a place that I worked previously. In blood collections the only time I ever remember there being too much blood. Is the desert storm. Because people wanted to get back into something in the lines were down the street to donate blood and that was actually too much but here Roswell. Generally never too much the need is just constant. Not only are we. You know serving the needs of our patients' lives because. Of the successes we've -- treatments are patients are living longer. So there's palliative care and even though they're not maybe in a critical situation right now. They're going to need to continue their treatment years from now because of survival rate is higher than it used to be so they're gonna continue to need products. Tell us about the donor senator I mean this this. This unit and I guess we can call it established back in 1963. You know longstanding and I think unique you know a lot of places don't have their own end of independent individual. Donors senator Russell does one of the group and other great reasons you know that this is such a gem in the in in the community. Hi -- just a bit about the donor center what it is how it -- -- okay well yes we are unique that we have a facility right here within the hospital. So what's so nice about that is it makes it very convenient for families because as Nancy was mentioning. Good percentage of the people that come to donate are connected to a feeling your friend. And so if you're visiting they're here with someone who is going to be undergoing treatment and and need to be on campus for several hours it's very convenient for them. It's a quick turnaround is tested it's transfused immediately. So that makes it very unique also we happen to be one of the longest running clear cut collection facilities in the country and we are. We have all nurses working for us so again that hospital setting. That confidence in the level of the staff that are taking care of -- -- very unique very few places across the country still in play in on the nursing staff. So we're very proud of that and it's not like to open an hour a day you know two days a week and Tuesday and Thursday at some pretty -- -- -- Every step of ours and we -- here six days a week Monday through Saturday. And we collect in the evening we also had days when we collect as early as 7 AM. So folks can come before work after work you know off throughout the day. We try to be just as accommodating as we can't and -- Key because this is something you need delay as we mentioned at the beginning it's. May be convinced that maybe not necessarily convinced but you need to do a -- people and their busy schedules and it sounds like you're doing that. Absolutely and the nice thing too is when you are here because of collection does take about an hour and a half. You can use on your electronics you can check your email you can read it yet completely some of the ways that she passes the time. So that it's an opportunity for you to do what you like you can relax and shut everything down. Or are you can catch up on work earlier here it just depends on the individual. I generating down. I got married to -- No doubt about -- Who could donate blood who can donate platelets that our people then then you would think I I think people grab hold of you and maybe different excuses that they've heard over the years I take this medication I take that medication. I mean mean that whatever the case may be. More people than -- not most healthy individuals who are at least seventeen years of age and -- at least a 110 pounds. The only difference -- differentiation between blood and platelet. -- ever -- the donation you may not be taking you daily aspirin. Other than met the criteria is pretty much the same. Certain medications do exclude you from donating but most do not. So again it's an individual thing. We would want people to reference -- website we do have some criteria post there. Or give us colony can go through their individual situation over the phone it's safe to I mean there's no there's no risk no danger in this process and oil Alina -- person is receiving. New materials. The other -- right there for their donations and they are discarded. No one ever uses the same materials -- to being or anything like that -- is a 100% say. -- if you wanna know more if you wanna make a phone call and not take that step to help out the folks here at Roswell park and all the patients here at Roswell park. At that that that benefit from the donor center you can call them in the 716 area code 845. 8275. That is 8458275. Maria just mentioned that website which is Roswell park dot org. Forward slash donor center Roswell park dot org forward slash. Donor center if you just heard that you could rated down we will repeat it and of course you can always get the information write off of the website. And Roswell park dot -- you are listening to Roswell -- today talking about the importance of platelet. Donation Maria turner that last voice you heard marketing and communications manager. For the Roswell donor center in Nancy one of the platelet donors here. At Roswell park who. Jumped into the -- pool. You know when that when a friend of hers. Was to was dealing with breast cancer in and you've continued to process ever since wanna talk about the process. What's it like for you when you. Come in to do a donation Telus walk us through that problems happen. The first thing that is done is we go into. A prayer room. And they take my history. And they go through on the medications that I take. They asked me places I Trimble's. I -- -- I don't have to do it anymore but when I first and then I had to read a brochure. Which told about talked about the many different. Not many but maybe twenty drugs that you can't. If that if you have ever taken them. You cannot -- and I don't remember them some of them are very. That your long name did you go to that interview process you do at a time every time he goes to the interview process and then you go to route to a badges they decide which are they're gonna use and day clean your arm very well. They put the needle and they start the machine and on for. For once cycle they take the blood out and then system and and the cycle that your Blanco is making to you. So it's just returned to -- so basically you're not losing any blind to what like when you donate blood. That takes maybe an hour Narnia depending on how many cycles you do and then. They'd taken needle out they -- a pure iron in January. What do you do during their time with what do what do I do it I always dreamed I always read I always have a book with me so it's a great time. An hour and a half -- on Iraq uninterrupted reading time that I don't normally take. For myself during the day every. They should sign up right after I. If I mean I think a lot of people. Who I think about this -- I mean no one listening would think this is a bad thing to do this is obviously great thing to do we can help people we can save people. An and help treat people with their little -- is it gonna hurt in my going to be sick. You just comment on hand to the overall. It offered up as it's. Well I should say they do prick your finger. When you confer an idealist that actually fit fit and that's that's probably the worst part actually it really didn't fit the worst part for me. The rest of the -- going in is not it's like I don't know honestly getting shot and -- for 12. And down. It's painless it's very painless and as you're sitting there you know -- and he might get a little cold Linda -- when it comes to you when your blood is returning to you that's one thing I usually do get called. You know he's really gotten that much in the way discomfort and Maria wouldn't what you're channel. Just to you is someone trying to. Expand the base you've got a great base but you're always looking to expand the base of people who are platelet donors and blood donors. What challenges do you face in in trying to meet that challenge and goal. Certainly the biggest challenges dealing with people's shortage of time. By our because everybody's going a million different directions. Once somebody. Is linked to a patient here. Also they find the time they make the time it's important enough that they need that time so. And that's what I would suggest anyone who's listening is. You know you don't have to be the -- that comes in every two weeks and we certainly we would love it but we don't expect that of everyone. If it's something that you can put into your calendar. Couple times a year once a month whatever you can see it and it I promise that time that you spent here you walk out here the scene was well aware that it was well worth it because -- Nancy said it's really painless. But maybe your little finger print that you endure. Is nothing compared to the patients and what their injuring here. And I think most people would agree with that and want help in that fashion. Lot of people are looking for ways to volunteer in connection that community this is another way this is another outlet and a venue where we can. You know help contribute to the the betterment of of our community right. And what's so nice about debt two absolutely is that. When you walk in years and you see what's happening at -- so many great things are happening -- mean he has such great progress. But you see the families who see the patients. You know that you directly affected the outcomes for those people. You know not take -- from any other charities of course but sometimes you don't know. What the end result he has. From your time from your financial contribution you know here uncritically you know when you leave here exactly what happened. And it's a great feeling so oftentimes you know we we talk about the patient and how it benefits them it's certainly also benefits the donor. And then altruistic feelings that they -- by helping in this way. Can you treat him right -- I hear about the chocolate chip cookies -- -- well Adrian. -- do we do we definitely feed people and there's a lot of personal attention. Uses some donors have said to me you know I'm. -- when it's over because knowing -- -- really percent of homes now it works out really have to go back to work ethic in the criteria to put the book away trying to determine electronics back on in my case. I don't know of a patient at at Roswell park. So consider that you know all the people out there who don't know patient at Roswell park and are fortunate to be in this position. Why would they come in here and Tony. What would you tell them. -- -- -- Well for one thing maybe you don't know somebody that somebody that you know may know somebody that's one thing you might not even realize that you're helping somebody that. You may be a friend of a friend something like that put aside from. It's just. A way of giving death to people. When your healthy enough to do it you never know. You know -- -- -- day when you may not be healthy enough to do it so take advantage of your good health and consider that your blast and paid a -- forward. That's what he and Maria I'm sure you've heard you hear this you know I I don't know anybody that you know I'm fortunate to be in a position where I don't know if someone is being treated -- yes -- I -- really -- I mean. -- certainly a good majority of our donors are brought in because being someone. You know that was the catalyst. Many of induced state via an -- is Nancy did. I would say that you might not know someone who's. Being treated currently at Roswell but at some point in our lives we all know people who have been affected or will be affected by cancer. Absolutely we can all say that was certainty. So this is a great way to give back it's in new year I mean we've had people make all kinds of resolutions. This is one that you actually can keep. Companies and we're not gonna unless your you know on the borderline of a 110 we're not the way you. You don't have to give up many calories when you come here. This is a great New Year's resolution to make to just try to give back to -- to our community. You know what you both say is so true I remember -- poll. And -- a website not too long ago where the question was simply have you or someone in your family. Or someone you know been impacted pretty broad question by cancer in it was unbelievable. The response so when you know someone. Here right now. It might be tomorrow. -- might be next. Blink of and I think it's changing you know not every one had it's a circle of family and friends that can donate on their behalf not everyone has that luxury. And so. There are people who'll -- you know patients who are maybe up on the flowers who don't they don't have this. You know the circle of people who are coming in routinely for them and their relying on the community health. And that's what we would suggest that as part of the western your community that you get back to Roswell park because you never know when you might need Russell park. -- he retired now as I understand in you know I'm sure a lot of your few friends -- family members have failed things that they. Choose to do with their with their time you choose to do this when when you can. Do you do you find yourself. Quote unquote selling this process to anybody in in trying to recruit some people in. In getting them to join the club of donors here at Roswell. I'd I'd certainly mentioned it to people -- I don't try to hard -- PG don't want somebody thinking. That you're better than they Aaron and so to speak you know but on. The best time to do is when somebody says are what you doing today and then you and you might mentioning care initially and then they might. Trying to you know delve into that a little bit further by. I don't really salad unless I know somebody. Is giving as a family member and then I'll mention it to their family members when you can do this to you know you if you could how about an -- And then you know that I can also donate to their family sound. Maria what's the end -- -- of the general donor -- One time donor community do it and I'm done I commend every couple weeks I -- a couple times a year how does that all they do what I can tell you know that. About 80%. Of our donations. Come from the same group of people. So we have an extremely loyal donor base we mentioned these folks that come every two weeks. What they're allowed to the maximum is 24 times a year and we have. Well over a hundred people who do that routinely every year they need that maximum -- the same people often times are giving the donations. And then where does it go from there all across the board we have people who come and one time because they came to visit family member and they live in Pittsburgh so they're only going to be here this one time. And then everything in between. How did you a lot of employees to -- we do employees it donate again because of the time. You know that it is required to donate platelets and not everyone can get away from their desk for that amount of time because of those early morning appointments and the evening appointments. They can come you know after hours and we do have very strong following him from place. You don't wanna run short. Do you ever run short of platelets in the blood and what do you do mean yes we do it would be unrealistic to think that we could always need a 100% of the needs. Actually do we have. Some vendors across the country that we use. And helped supplement. What we you know are able country here Roswell. It's always fast if we can get the maximum here because again it's convenient it's processed quickly boom it's ready to go for transfusion. But we do have supporters that back us up when they need is there. -- when you can then you know obviously this is something you do because you know you're helping people but. You know you come through the doors of Roswell park and it's a spectacular atmosphere are other ways it's and obviously you know and I think some of our our listeners out there -- But I mean. If posts make you feel pretty good to go knowing that someone you pass and always someone that might be you know coming in for treatment. That down the road or maybe you know real quickly you're helping them you appeared to benefit. From from what you're doing and you do see people that are very sick when you command you know there's no question it if it is a wonderful feeling I mean. You hope that. They're maybe going to be the recipient of what you can't just talk offered their point it is a wonderful feeling the whole atmosphere Braswell is just so positive. And just everything about it. From from the are on the walls to that he -- gaining new hear music playing people whether you know courses are singing. It's just a wonderful feeling to be here it's a privilege it's just a privilege and don't forget about the cookies. Simply cannot forget it doesn't matter and they are other things you know today was especially. Very well thank you for what you do and for continually do to do it now Maria thank you to -- -- appreciate it thank you Nancy my questions and thanks for the time here in the the rest on the studio. I'm Maria if you could let let's walk through who can donate and what they can do if they want to. Walked down that road and now it's an easy road to walk down it. -- again seventeen years of age at least a 110 pounds in general good health. I currently. And anyone that hand previous -- cancer diagnosis of it and skin cancer. Is -- able to donate. But generally. And most people are able to donate again I would encourage them to go to the website to look at. Some of the criteria that we have listed there as well as giving us a call. Again it's -- theory easy thing to do is just a matter of defining some room in your schedule. And you know coming in trying it out and hopefully walking away feeling. Really great about what she did everybody roll up your sleeves -- Avery and yes there what you say -- -- narrow eyes sad -- really thank you so much appreciated. That's Marie turner marketing and communication manager for the Roswell park donor center here at Roswell park she just mentioned the web site. That is Roswell park dot org forward slash donor center Roswell park dot org forward slash donor center. If you prefer to make a phone call he can do that in the 716 area code in that is 845. 82758458275. That is -- as moments thanks for joining us and -- Listen to Roswell this Sunday mornings at 630 young WB yeah. -- by Roswell Park Cancer Institute your team opinion for your total options on line at Roswell this god of war. Hanging. 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