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Vons and Red Cross Join Fight Against Breast Cancer

Southern California Blood Services Region

October 4, 2011

Throughout October, Vons and the American Red Cross will collaborate to host a series of blood drives aimed at promoting breast cancer awareness.  In addition to hosting more than 15 blood drives this month, The Vons Foundation will also contribute $25 toward breast cancer research in honor of each Vons employee who donates blood.

“While great strides have been made in breast cancer research, awareness and treatment, many patients still find themselves in need of blood and platelet transfusions,” said Dr. Ross Herron, Chief Medical Officer for the American Red Cross Western Division. Breast cancer is something that touches the lives of so many Southern California families.  A diagnosis can raise loads of difficult questions, and requires tough decision making about treatments like surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy.

Women battling cancer might need blood transfusions because of the cancer itself, AND certain cancer treatments can also lead to the need for blood transfusions.

  •  Surgery to treat cancer is often a major operation.  Blood loss may lead to a need for red blood cell or platelet transfusions.
  •  Many chemotherapy drugs affect the patient’s blood. This commonly leads to low levels of white blood cells and platelets, which can sometimes put a person at risk for life-threatening infections or bleeding.

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