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There are many medical conditions or problems that might require a transfusion. Some reasons include cancer, operations, blood problems, pregnancy and birth.
Transfusions may help cancer patients in a few ways, whether during surgery or to treat the side effects of chemotherapy, or even for the cancer itself.
You may need a transfusion if you have lost a large amount of blood before, during or after surgery.
Anaemia can be caused by many medical conditions. When it gets severe, a transfusion of red cells may help your low red blood cell count and haemoglobin.
While iron deficiency can be treated with supplements, on rare occasions a transfusion may be required.
A platelet or plasma transfusion may help your blood clot if you suffer from a bleeding disorder. If you’ve lost a lot of blood, red cells may be required.
Pregnancy can be an exciting time, but some people need blood products before, during or immediately after giving birth.
Find out everything you need to know about your transfusion and what happens on the day.