James C. said...
I was an 8 year blood donor, every 56 days like clockwork, until my biopsy. I haven't donated since and was wondering what the limits were for being able to do so after surgery and a "clean" test. Guess I need to call the center and find out. Thanks for the reminder.
James--There is a one-year ineligibility after prostate cancer treatment (surgery, brachytherapy, etc.) per FDA regulations. Once 12 months have passed without treatment or cancer recurrence, it's ok to donate again.
I also donate platelets--often needed by cancer patients--which have a shelf life of only 5 days v. 42 days for red cells. I signed up for a donation this Sunday, the 23rd, because they are always scrambling to keep supplies up over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
I started donating blood after returning from Vietnam War service. It's easy to do and helps others.