Can Cancer Sufferers Donate Organs?
Doctor can a patient with normal cancer or cancer that has spread to donate organs such as kidneys, liver, cornea or spleen? Please explain, thank you
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Basically, cancer patients will not be advised to do organ donation as long as the patient is still alive (for example, kidney donors, partial liver donors, partial lung donors, pancreatic donors) because the patient's body condition is on average not very good. In addition, it also needs to be seen what kind of cancer is suffered as well as whether or not the spread of cancer. Organs that have cancer in them or organs that have been damaged by function (due to cancer, the patient's hemodynamic conditions, or because of drugs for example) are definitely not donable.
If you want to become a donor of death (meaning donating organs after death), then maybe some parts of the body can still be donated. The cornea of the eye or skin is the part that is generally safe to donate. In general, patients who have been declared cancer-free for a long time are allowed to donate their organs after death, but patients who have just been diagnosed with cancer or have cancer actively spread, organs that can be donated will be very limited (maybe only limited to the cornea and skin only - unless the cancer is located in eyes and skin). Patients with brain cancer that have not spread are likely to be able to donate most of their organs after the patient dies.
If there is a cancer patient who wants to donate his organs, then it should be discussed further with the treating doctor because the doctor is more aware of the patient's overall condition. Patients may only register themselves as an organ donor, the doctor who will treat later will determine whether the patient can donate his organs or not and what organs can be donated.
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