Li Liu, MD
Last Modified: November 1, 2001
Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts,"
I have been treated for recurrent/refractory Hodgkins disease, first with ABVD, then with ICE, mantle field and total lymph node irradiation, followed by cytoxan and more etoposide and an autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplant.
I have been told that I am no longer eligible to donate blood. I presume this is because lymphoma is a disease of the blood cells or is it merely because it would be harmful to me due to a reduced ability for me to regenerate the blood?
Also, even if I were ineligible to donate blood, would I be able to donate organs? Which, if any, organs would be okay and which would not?
Li Liu, MD, OncoLink Editorial Assistant, responds:
Thank you for your question and willingness of sharing the gift of your life to help other needy people. Your generosity is encouraging to other people in support of organ and tissue donation as one of the highest expressions of compassion and generosity.
The organ and tissue donor eligibility criteria for cancer patients are:
You can contact US Health Resources and Services Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services for details by visiting their web site, www.organdonor.gov.
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