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Our highly trained specialists are available 24/7 via phone and on weekdays can assist through video calls and online chat. We connect patients, caregivers, and family members with essential services and resources at every step of their cancer journey. Ask us how you can get involved and support the fight against cancer. Some of the topics we can assist with include:
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Many cancer survivors want to help other people by becoming blood or organ donors. It’s possible for many people who’ve had cancer to donate, but it varies by cancer type and medical condition.
If you’ve had cancer and want to donate blood, you'll need to check and make sure your blood will be accepted. There are some kinds of cancer and cancer treatments that mean a cancer survivor will not be allowed to donate.
For most other kinds of cancer, you might be able to donate blood if:
Some low-risk cancers like cancer in-situ and non-melanoma skin cancers that have been removed don’t require a 12-month waiting period. Pre-cancers don’t usually disqualify a person as long as they’ve been treated.
The best way to find out if you are allowed to donate is to call your local blood donation center. Donation centers may have different rules or waiting periods.
Some cancer survivors who want to donate blood may worry that they might give cancer to the person who is given their blood. There have been no reports of cancer spreading to another person through a blood transfusion.
Here are some resources with more information on blood donation:
Some people think they can’t donate their organs if they have or had cancer. But having had cancer doesn’t always mean that a person can’t be an organ donor. Any possible organ donor is checked for medical conditions, including cancer. Whether someone’s organs can be used will depend on many things, such as:
Even if someone is not allowed to donate organs, they may still be able to donate other tissues such as skin or corneas.
If the organs from a deceased person might be acceptable, a health care professional or donation specialist will always speak with the person’s family or next of kin first. If you haven’t signed up as an organ donor, your next of kin must give permission before any tissues or organs can be donated. Talk to your family about what you want to happen to your organs.
Here are some resources with more information on organ and tissue donation:
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Last Revised: June 20, 2023