Organ Donations

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Organ Donations

by Mark_E on Wed Sep 10, 2003 12:00 AM

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With an Astrocytoma Brain Tumor, are my organs still wanted for transplant or are they tainted? So far it is a primary cancer contained to the brain.

Organ Transplants

by Bet19 on Sat Nov 12, 2005 12:00 AM

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In the state of Michigan my husband who has gbm stage 4 is only able to donate his corneas. The gbm do not leave the brain, but if for some very strange reason a person would get brain cancer after an organ transplant they would try and pin in on the transplant so no organ to be saved. Pretty sad because other than the gbm my husband is very healthy.

Organs / Michigan

by Brainychick on Fri Dec 09, 2005 12:00 AM

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Is your husband a patient at Henry Ford?

Organ Donations

by Kjwkathleen on Tue Nov 28, 2006 12:00 AM

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According to the hospice nurse, my father's organs could not be donated because he had brain cancer...cancer rules out any donation she said. Like I told her, if it is only in the brain how much sense does it make not to use his lungs, kidneys, liver etc? My father wanted to be a donor also. I am very sorry for your diagnosis. Have a safe journey

RE: Organ Donations

by Whitie on Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 9/10/2003 Mark E. wrote:

With an Astrocytoma Brain Tumor, are my organs still wanted for transplant or are they tainted? So far it is a primary cancer contained to the brain.
Dear Mark E
This is a wish I always Intended when I died and have cheaked it out and found with Chemo in my body was not possible. It is how ever a possibilty the medical schools may want body organs for study if you contact them. I have a GBM and would have been happy to die in hospital if Iwasw able to give other persons life with my organs even though I wish to die at home so am unsure now though ifin research I can help some one in the future then am thinking of doing this. Please take care and live every day to the fillest. Kind regards from Carol in New Zealand

 

RE: Organ Transplants

by Naynay on Mon May 21, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hi

My name is Renee. This is my first time posting-but I have been reading alot. I noticed that you are from Michigan-me too. My husband also has a GBM stage 4. He is being treated at University of Michigan. They have given him great care there. Where is your husband being treated at and what type of treatment are they doing for him?

RE: Organ Donations

by susie6920 on Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hi we were told a couple of weeks ago that no organ donation is not an option when you are diagnosed with astrocytoma, my mom was diagnosed on August 15, 07 with glioblastoma multiforme, she is getting ready to start chemo and radiation.

RE: Organ Donations

by Cptmac on Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:00 AM

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When I asked my doctor about myself, a Stage IV colon with mets to the liver, they said I could not be an organ donor even though I have no evidence of disease and am possibly cured.  I could possibly donate my corneas.   

The reason being is, they know I have cancer that has spread.  If I donate an organ, or if I accept someone's organ, the immunosuppresents that a person has to take to accept that organ would make that cancer grow extremely quickly.  So instead of having months or years to live, they will now have days to months. 

Because of this, when they know a person has cancer, they can be leery of taking organs.  So I would go with what your doctor recommends or what a hospital recommends. 

I was fortunate, because I almost donated a kidney to a friend of mine.  Since I had no symptoms and it wasn't showing up in my blood, had I donated my kidney, it would have been a disaster for my friend.  Luckily, he was able to get a kidney through the donation program. 

 

RE: Organ Donations

by theresaa on Sun Oct 28, 2007 12:00 AM

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hello, my husband had a aa III , and they would not except any organ donations. it may be different in your case, i hope so. it would have been the only good to come from this . i pray for cure every night. theresa

RE: Organ Donations

by Cancerella on Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:00 AM

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Sorry I dont have an educated response to this, I have wondered the same thing.  I have/had a glioblastoma and since treatment, I have said 'no' on my advance directive as well as drivers license for organ donation.  I figure no one wants radiated goods!...just not kosher.  If you havent had treatment though, then maybe.
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