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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Stem Cells & Marrow Donors
Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Collection

Important Reminders & Numbers

Things to keep in mind:

  1. Hematology Apheresis Unit (HAU) can be reached at 604-875-4626.
  2. The Donor Physician can be reached at 604-875-4863 or 604-875-4343 (24-hours).
  3. Appointment times for stem cell collections at the HAU are usually between 8:00-9:00 am.
  4. The entire process can take up to 4-6 hours from start to finish. This makes for a very long day. You may wish to bring your own lunch and snacks. The HAU can provide juice, cookies and a limited selection of sandwiches.
  5. It is very important that you have breakfast before coming to the unit, preferably one that is rich in calcium. Do not drink coffee or tea before the procedure, as you will not be able to get up to use the washroom once you are hooked up to the machine.
  6. Please use the washroom facilities in the HAU just before the procedure begins. If you need to go to the bathroom during the procedure, bedpans are available. A nurse will help you with this. It is recommended that you wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing (i.e. pants with an elastic waistband may make things easier).
  7. You will have your own television available for your use during the apheresis procedure. Also, unless you have a St. Paul’s Catheter, reading materials would be inappropriate to bring, as you will not have the use of your arms.
  8. Once the procedure has started, the nurses will allow one visitor to stay with you.
  9. It is very important to notify the nurses right away if you feel light-headed, dizzy, nauseated, cold, or have tingling around the lips, fingers or toes, during the procedure. Slowing or stopping the procedure for a short time can sometimes resolve some of these symptoms.

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