A place for those managing the ups & downs of a Stage IV/metastatic breast cancer diagnosis. Please respect that this forum is for Stage IV members only. There is a separate forum For Family and Caregivers of People with a STAGE IV Diagnosis.
Posted on: Feb 13, 2012 04:21PM
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Feb 13, 2012 05:14PM Druanne wrote:
My Mom was so very sad that she couldn't donate...(Renal mets to many areas including brain twice)....when she did pass away......we found out that she could donate her corneas!!!! :) She would have been so happy to have known that.......
Feb 13, 2012 07:31PM scuttlers wrote:
And we can donate our bodies for medical education or research. I know Las Vegas has MERIN Institute that will use the body for surgical education (my students at the college participated in an International Trauma Surgery workshop. There were top notch surgeons from around the world that they got to work with that day.)
MERIN covers all costs for transport of the body within Clark county and cremation and return to the family. There are other medical schools that will accept for medical education. (the donated are treated very respectfully and modesty is maintained.).
Feb 13, 2012 07:43PM GatorGal wrote:
There's also a place in MD where you can donate your body. Go to www.anatomicgift.com for more information.
Feb 13, 2012 07:45PM CoolBreeze wrote:
Since breast cancer is considered systemic, they don't want to waste organs on us - they think it will just fill with cancer cells. Same with donations - we could put cancer cells into somebody else, right? I barely want my own organs, much less give them to somebody else! :)
They don't give livers to alcoholics unless they quit drinking for six months. But, many of them go back to drinking later though, and don't you just want to yank that liver right out of them?
My last cocktail was September 10th, my 17th anniversary. I had a gin and tonic made with homemade tonic at a restaurant. I may not have another drink until September 10 again, if then. My liver is stressed enough! Both of my parents are alcoholics and my mother died of cirrhosis - my dad drinks even more after watching his wife die in front of him. I'll never understand it in a million years.
I do understand why people wouldn't want a cancer patient's organs though. :)
I've always been an organ donor but I don't think I'll do a whole body donation. They can do whatever they want with any parts they can use, but I know this is terrible and I'm an awful person - the thought of med students cutting me up for months creeps me out. If you read Stiff, by Mary Roach, you will see all the things they can do with you post-death. Icky some of it. I don't want to be a crash-test dummy either! :)
Feb 14, 2012 04:44PM dreaming wrote:
I some times work in the transplant section, no person that had cancer, does drugs and other activities are not permitted to donate bone marrow or organs, not even blood.'
I know that some countries are very loose with this , but they buy organs, blood , etc in this places.
Somebody told me in that some states they permit cancer patients in remission to donate blood.
I would not do it, I do not want to have in my conscience that I might pass my cancer to somebody.
There are other ways one can help the living, drive cancer patients to appointments, volunteer in a cancer center, food banks, etc.
I had corneal transplants years before my dx, and do volunteer work with cancer patients.
Feb 14, 2012 05:00PM SpecialK wrote:
Decisions on blood donation are made locally, by whatever organization is collecting the blood. Some say 5 years NED, some only 1 year NED. I don't see how anyone, in good conscience, could donate blood after a BC diagnosis when we do not know for sure that it is a good idea. I would not want to be transfused with blood from a cancer patient, and those who are receiving transfusions are compromised, very ill, critically injured, etc. The better way to help is to volunteer or make a cash donation to your local blood bank.
Feb 14, 2012 05:11PM Kicks wrote:
The American Red Cross Blood Bank websites says that you can donate blood if you are a year or more out of TX and are NED. Breast Cancer is one of the cancers that are acceptable to donate but not all cancers are. I give was time again this week but as I'm having cataract surgery tomorrow and the 29th so waiting til after then to donate.
My DL and mil. ID are marked for me to be an Organ Donor. I figure it tis way - they will know what can and cannot be used so it's up to them to know. If nothing else if my skin could keep a burn patient going then great. (Have a friend who was horrible burned when gas was thrown on him and lit - it was a mistaken identity attack - without cadaver skin he'd not have made it.)
Feb 17, 2012 05:45PM momof3boys wrote:
I would never donate.... I think they're crazy to accept donations of blood or corneas or any other body part from any person that had cancer. I could never do it in good conscience.
Read the book "Anti Cancer" describes a man that was given an organ from a woman that had passed away... Months later, he became ill and it was discovered that he had breast cancer cells in his body... His organ donor was a long time breast cancer survivor that had died of something else.
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