Have an Organ Donation Question??? Ask the Donor Experts!
Posted Sep 12 2008 4:31am
Have a general or not-so-general question about organ & tissue donation? Curious about some of the myths you've heard surrounding the issue? Need an answer or insight to a specific question pertaining to heart, kidney, liver, pancreas, lung, eye, blood, bone marrow or other types of donation?
Donate Life Illinois has your answers! We're excited to introduce our new "Ask the Donor Experts!" feature to our campaign site and blog. As a regular feature on here, we will address your questions sent in that request insight on the issue.
p.s. Be sure to check out our new Online Community page on our campaign site for links to our various online communities! NOTE: For Illinois residents that are already registered in the state's new registry and not had a chance to join our e-newsletter list, you can sign up for our Donate Life Illinois campaign email updates on the online community page linked above.
ASK THE DONOR EXPERTS
FEATURED QUESTION: I have breast cancer and am assuming I can no longer be a donor. Is that correct? To answer your question, a donation will depend on the stage of the cancer at the time of death. When an individual passes away, generally a history of an active cancer within the last five years will preclude organ and most tissue donations. However, cornea donation may still be possible, and organ and other tissue donations may still be possible in the instance of certain brain cancers that have not metastasized.
For this reason, and because criteria differ for different types of organs and tissues, we always encourage people to register as a donor if that is their wish regardless of current medical condition--since that may or may not be their condition at the time of death. Our coordinators conduct a full medical evaluation at that time to determine the individual's medical eligibility to donate.