What Should be Considered Before a Liver Cancer Donation?

Q:
What should be considered before a liver cancer donation?

A:
Donation is a good thing to help others. However, there are some questions need to be considered before donation.

  • Who can donate a liver?
    Just about anyone, at any age, can become a liver donor. Anyone younger than age18 needs to have the consent of a parent or guardian.
    For liver donation after death, a medical assessment will be done to determine whether liver can be donated. Certain conditions, such as having HIV, actively spreading cancer, or severe infection would exclude liver donation.
  • Do my blood and tissue type have to match the recipient’s?
    It’s easier to transplant a liver if the donor and recipient are a good match. The transplant team will put you through a series of tests to determine whether your blood and tissue types are compatible with the recipient’s.
  • If I donate an organ, will I have health problems in the future?
    Not necessarily. You can donate part of the liver. Your body will compensate for the missing liver part. If it is determined that donating a liver would put your health at risk in the short term or long term, then you would not be able to donate.

If someone donate a liver, he is doing a very warm thing. It is the kindness that makes the world a better place.

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