Influence of autologous blood transfusion on natural killer and lymphokine-activated killer cell activities in cancer surgery.

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Immunosuppression associated with blood transfusion may influence postoperative infection rates. It may also affect the prognosis of patients treated surgically for colorectal cancer. To control this effect, study protocols have applied autologous blood donation programs, which are thought to be immunologically neutral. However… (More)