September is Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month. While, these blood cancers can be very difficult to treat, you could help save a patient's life. Read on to find out why you should sign up to Be the Match for someone this September.
Many cancer patients have to undergo high doses of chemotherapy and radiation treatments that cause their stem cells to be destroyed. As a result, many patients also need a bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell transplant (PBSCT) to help create new, healthy stem cells and restore the bone marrow's ability to produce blood cells the patient needs.
Unfortunately, only 30 percent of patients will find a sibling or close relative who is a good match for a transplant.
Becoming a Match
The Be the Match Registry, formally known as the National Marrow Donor Program Registry, allows anyone interested in potentially saving someone's life by donating to sign up at www.marrow.org.
Requirements to join include:
- Being between the ages of 18 and 61
- Being in generally good health and having no personal history of cancer
If you qualify, the Registry will send you an information packet with a testing kit, which includes three cotton swabs. Once you swab the inside of your cheek for a sample, you place the swabs back in the package and return it.
If you are chosen as a match, you may go through one of two types of donations.
PBSC donation is a procedure similar to donating blood that involves having your blood taken. Then, a machine separates out your blood-forming cells and the remaining blood goes back into your opposite arm. The procedure takes only a few hours, and donors can return to their normal activities in one to two days.
Marrow donation is a surgical procedure performed in a hospital in which a doctor uses a needle to draw liquid marrow from the donor's pelvic bone. The donor is given anesthesia and feels no pain during the procedure. The donor may experience some soreness for a few days but can return to normal activities within two to seven days.
|Your Morning Addiction and Prostate Cancer
A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that men who regularly drink coffee have a lower risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer that spreads to the bones.
Men who drank six or more cups of coffee per day had a 20 percent lower risk of developing all types of prostate cancer and a 60 percent lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer.
Even those men who only drank one to three cups a day saw a 30 percent decrease in their risk of lethal prostate cancer.
These positive effects were seen in people who drank both decaffeinated and caffeinated coffee.
Researchers believe that compounds in coffee serve as antioxidants, reduce inflammation and regulate insulin, which all may have some influence on prostate cancer.
Coffee has been shown to lower the risks of other diseases such as liver cancer and diabetes.
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