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Systemic Therapy Unit

​What to Bring

Make sure to bring:

  • Government-issued health card (OHIP card)

Please note: Appointments can take several hours. Bring with you any medications you normally take during the day. Learn more about where to wait, what you can do while waiting and what you should bring with you by reading our 'While You Wait for Your Appointment' page.


What Will Happen during the Appointment?

Blood transfusion is a procedure in which you are given blood or a blood product such as platelets, for example. This may be done through an intravenous (IV) line in one of your veins or through a central venous catheter (CVC), peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) or port-a-cath (PAC). Blood transfusions are done when your body is not able to produce enough blood on its own, and also as part of your cancer treatment.

A special blood test is required before blood transfusion to match the blood/blood product to you. This can take up to 3 hours. The transfusion itself usually takes 1 to 4 hours, depending on how much blood you need.

Treatments for Leukemia also take place in the Transfusion Centre.

Last reviewed: 12/7/2015
Last modified: 5/12/2017 11:22 AM