July Is African-American Bone Marrow Awareness Month

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A Common Myth About Becoming a Donor

One common misconception is that all donations involve surgery. A peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation is a non-surgical option commonly requested by doctors and done in a blood center outpatient hospital, in which your blood is drawn through a needle in one arm and passed through a machine that separates out the blood-forming cells. If surgery is needed, such as in a bone marrow donation done at a hospital, donors typically go home the same day.  

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