Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center performs thousands of blood transfusions each year, and has expertise in treating iron overload, the leading side effect of chronic blood transfusions. We also provide transfusional iron overload evaluations to ensure that children receive the most effective and appropriate transfusion and iron chelation regimens over time.
Our patients have access to one of the largest and most recognized transfusion centers in New England at Boston Children’s Hospital. One reason for the excellent reputation is our internal blood bank where we collect and prepare blood. Maintaining a blood bank internally provides several benefits for both patients and physicians:
- We collect a vast majority of our blood and platelets onsite as opposed to procuring it from outside sources.
- Many of our blood donors are longtime donors whose lives have been touched by pediatric cancer and/or blood disorders.
- Small children have different needs than adults when it comes to transfusions.
- Because our patients are predominantly children, our blood bank is designed and staffed with children’s needs in mind. For example, split units of blood can reduce donor exposure in small patients.
- We use advanced DNA technology that allows for sophisticated blood type matching through a process called molecular typing.
Continue reading to learn more about blood transfusions and iron chelation or visit the Blood Disorders Center to learn about our expertise in treating children and young adults with non-malignant blood disorders.