I'm inclined to agree with the others. The risk of passing your cancer to the recipient is probably unacceptable to any transplant program.
Before I got diagnosed I was up to about #5 gallons of blood donations. After I got my diagnosis I stopped giving. I was never actually turned down. I just guessed they wouldn't want my blood since I'm getting BCG and there is a small risk of acquiring an infection from the treatments. Maybe it's time to revisit that decision after my next maintaince cycle which starts in a few weeks.
Just thinking about helping other when you're faced with your diagnosis really says a lot about the type of person you are - which we already knew. Looking at other ways to help other may be an option you and your family may wish to consider when the time comes.
47 yo, Ta G3
BCG induction starting 12/17/10 followed by BCG maintance.
Mike , I was an organ doner for many years but when I got bladder cancer I had the donation taken off my drivers lic. A person that has a transplant takes drugs that surpress the immune system, if there is a trace of cancer I would be afraid it would take off like wildfire. But I also told him to donate anything they wanted for the research of bladder cancer since I have a brother and nephew that both had bc. Rocky
Good morning, Mike... I knew you wouldn't be resting on your laurels but trying to think of anyone you can help. Organ donation is a wonderful gift but does not come without its risks as you undoubtedly have found some references to that effect.
Your question reminded me of a story I read a couple of years ago so I searched it out again. A man was given a kidney transplant, but within months had contracted uterine cancer that had metastasized from the woman's kidney. She did not know she had cancer at the time of her death. The link below covers that story, but also ABC news dug a bit deeper into the issue and talks about transplant and possible disease transmission risks. It will be interesting to see what your doctors have to say about the possibilities you raise as well.