what a great forum. My uncle (70) died of liver cancer and my ex (56) died of end stage liver disease I guess, from long term hep C. I was wondering when they DISQUALIFY the option of live liver donation. We had split by the time my ex was in really bad shape but we had always discussed live liver donation. I would have been happy to do it, as would other family members. In the end, however, no one was asked. If the person is strong enough, and the donor (say, me) was ok with his use of pain medication or whatever, do they still rule it out? if so, why? I could understand his NOT being on the transplant list (he used oxy for pain) but unless he was so weak he couldn't do the surgery why wouldn't a donation have been considered? My uncle was in great shape, played tennis, very active. Is 70 the cutoff age? If they do not know the original source of the cancer, but the donor is ok donating anyway, do they still rule it out?
Curious about this, am trying to set up some sort of funding for hep C folks to get early medical attention by a hep specialist, but would sure like to know more about this.. thank you!!