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Donating blood?

How long after tt and RAI do you have to wait to donate blood - or can I do it anymore???  
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I don't think that you can.  I think the cancer rules you out.  Might want to call your local blood bank but I know that I can't here.
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I was told by the American Red Cross that you can give 5 years after you have the treatment for cancer and it hasn't returned.  So, I had my RAI in September of last year and as long as I don't have a recurrence in between now and then, I should be able to give again in 2012.  It really bums me out because I was a regular donor.  They have a blood drive every few months at work, and it really feels like another slap in the face that I had the big "C", although I'm very thankful it was found!

If you call your local Red Cross, they should be able to tell you.  

Lori
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Thats a great question...

I give platelets, since I have a high platelet count. Not sure about that now..
I need to call and check this out too.  Just had my RAI in Dec 07.  

In our area, you can contact Broward Community Blood Center
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197575_tn?1215536224
That stinks..........I didn't know it was that long.  Boy, it's like having a scarlet "C" huh?
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You can also go on the Red Cross website for donation guidelines.

Thanks to everyone who donates blood! More of us need to.
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197575_tn?1215536224
I went on the site for the Red Cross and it is 5 years as long as you don't have a recurrence.
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