Platelets are important for cancer patients, including children, teenagers and young adults. Often, cancer treatments can affect the body’s ability to make normal blood cells, including platelets, making you more likely to bleed. Platelet transfusions can help.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.