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Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, features the region’s only pediatric apheresis and photopheresis program.
Apheresis and photopheresis are used to treat leukemia and sickle cell disease. Apheresis and photopheresis also fight graft-versus-host disease after bone marrow transplants and rejection after organ transplants.
Medical apheresis is the removal of specific blood components from a donor (patient) by a special machine.
The type of apheresis depends on which component needs to be removed: