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Can we donate blood if we had chemo and radiation?

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  • Nancy Snowden Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was told no by my local blood bank. I had radiation and was told I had to wait five years.
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    • Norma King Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2000

      I always donated blood and also had worked at our local blood bank. I went to donate after I was cancer free and they told I would never be able to donate again.

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  • Tiffani Warila Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    My oncologist said I could never donate blood because I had chemo
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  • Victoria Hoffman Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    According to the American Red Cross, a person can give blood if he or she is cancer-free and at least one year has elapsed since the completion of treatment. The waiting time was recently reduced from five years to one year.
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    • Lori Puczylowski Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2008

      This is GREAT news I am so excited to hear this...I also am happy that WE survivors are able to do something :)

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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Jayme, Wow, as you can see, there is differing advice from everyone! I was told "Keep my lousy blood to myself." No blood or organ donation. Take care, Sharon
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  • Kim Tompkins Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    I also donate blood, so it is really confusing to see the different types of advice. It is less than a year for me so I would have to wait anyway. I wanted to donate after Hurricane Sandy. I help out in Soup Kitchens.
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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I ask because the Red Cross is asking for donations due to Hurricane Sandy. Thanks
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    • carol small Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I did not have either chemo or radiation and was told to wait 5 years just because I had cancer.

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  • vicki e Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    I was told no as well. They told me to find another way to do my civic duty.
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  • debie barnes Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was told 5 years also
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  • Traciann brundage Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I wAs told five years
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  • A Sky Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Hi all. I decided to go straight to the Red Cross and the local Community Blood Center to find out what they had to say. The CBC says it's 10 years cancer-free. The Red Cross, however, says it's 12 months from date of last treatment or surgery if you remain cancer-free with no recurrence. That applies to all cancers except cancers of the blood or lymphatic system. For more info, you can call 866-236-3276, option 3 for eligibility http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements/ I also asked about the question of using a blood pressure cuff on the arm, because I know I can't have one on the right for X number of years, and I haven't found out yet about my left. She did say that you need to have at least one arm available. I hope this helps.
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks this really helps a lot. I should have thought about calling. Tc jayme

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    • Lori Puczylowski Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2008

      Thanks for going to the source BIG help :)

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    • A Sky Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Not a problem. Giving blood has always been important to me, so I wanted to find out what the organizations themselves would have to say.

      Best of luck to you both.

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  • Leah Fortune Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    That's sad I've always been on all the lists:( I think this has made me more emotional today.
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  • Sandy B Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    I was told by my doctor that after 1 year of every treatment done that I could again donate blood. So 1 year after chemo, radiation, etc.. Looking forward to tht time next November or December.
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  • André Roberts Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    I was told I could donate blood 10 years after being cancer free & that I could never be an organ donor
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