I may soon need a kidney transplant. My daughter would like to be a donor, but had dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (a rare skin cancer) 7 years ago. The cancer never spread, was treated with surgery alone, and she’s been cancer-free for 7 years. Would she be an eligible donor?

Each transplant center has the responsibility to determine who can and who cannot be a kidney donor for their center. There are no nationwide criteria used to determine who can and cannot be a kidney donor. In my experience, transplant centers usually want someone to be cancer free for at least 5 years, but since this is a rare cancer, they would likely consult a skin cancer specialist for an opinion about whether your daughter would be approved as a donor.

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