Her Battle With Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Progenitor cells are the immature cells that divide, grow, and become red white blood cells, red blood cells, or platelets. Progeniter cells develop into the type of cell determined by the needs of an individual's body. Special substances known as growth factors can stimulate the development of a progenitor cell into a certain, needed type of blood cell. Once stimulated, these cells can be collected from the peripheral blood or from the bone marrow.
Progenitor cells can be collected from the
blood stream using a medical device known as a blood cell separator. This
is a machine that uses a centrifuge to separate the components of the blood.
Usually, the patient has a central venus catheter placed in their chest
through which the blood is removed, flows through the machine for separation,
and is re
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