Religion and Spirituality

Bloodless stem cell transplants – pro

With an estimated 6000000 Jehovah's witnesses worldwide, haematologists may encounter patients who decline blood transfusions as a matter of personal belief.The risks of high-dose chemotherapy include life threatening bleeding from thrombocytopenia and profound anemia. Autologous stem cell transplantation is usually associated with the transfusion of 5 to 20 units of red blood cell or platelets, with the potential side-effects of infectious disease

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