• Are any of you organ donors?

    Asked by Throatless on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    Are any of you organ donors?

    I was wondering if we would even be allowed to donate organs? I know they wouldn't want a cancerous liver or any other part that had cancer. But what about our body in general, since we've had chemo and radiation?

    10 Answers from the Community

    10 answers
    • Songwriter's Avatar

      We can't be Organ Donors...

      9 months ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      According to the American Cancer Society, it varies case by case. If you have an active cancer, no. But if you've been cancer-free for a long time, yes. Determination will be made by medical professionals.


      If you are not a candidate for organ donation, your body can be donated to science. My son was deeply touched by this (in a positive way) when it was revealed that the cadaver he was working on in his anatomy class was a man who had colon cancer (same cancer that I had).

      I very proudly have Organ Donor on my driver's license and my family knows it's my wishes to donate any body part that will help anyone live longer or have a better quality of life...even if all they can use is a cornea.

      9 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      I was told by my palliative care team that there are certain things, like corneas fir instance that can be donated even if you have cancer.

      I was excited to hear this because I think organ donation is a wonderful thing! I'd be really happy too know that my corneas brought sight back to somebody.

      The advanced directive form had a place on it to designate yourself as an organ donor, that way Your doctor won't miss it. ( its on either that form or the POLST form).

      9 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Not me. I don't figure anyone would want to take the chance with my organs.

      8 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      On the other hand, I am donating my body to science to help further research after I die.

      8 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I was getting ready to start chemo when I had to renew my drivers license. In Ohio (as many states), we have the organ donor stamp on the license. I didn't know what to do. I called around. Basically I was told the guys who harvest are going to look at the organs to make sure they are healthy. If they are damaged by anything, including chemo, radiation or cancer, that organ will get rejected. I renewed my donation when I renewed my license. And it's still on there. At the very least I hope they can use my corneas and maybe my skin.

      8 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I was told that you can't be a donor if your cancer is stage IV. Moot point for me because I have had Brucellosis and Hepatitis I can't even donate blood.

      8 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      If anyone got any of my body parts I'm sure they would start acting weird, and they for sure wouldn't appreciate that black cloud that's been following me around that would surely come with the body parts. The recipient would probably send them back.

      8 months ago
    • mags54's Avatar

      I told family members to donate me to science and i also have organ donation listed on my license

      8 months ago
    • BILLY22's Avatar

      I was a 'apheresis' (blood platelets) donor until last year when they said I couldn't give anymore because I had a irregular heart beat which I have had all my 81 years. Disappointing to an old man.

      I had been giving for about 40 years, except I had a 3 year wait period after I had cancer.

      I was a donor 12 years after my wait time of 3 years.

      A 16 year T3N1M0 Esophageal cancer survivor enjoying life.




      8 months ago

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