Cancer – I had cancer. Can I donate?

In most cases you can donate again if you remain free of cancer five years after completing any treatment. This is to protect your health by ensuring, as far as possible, that the cancer is gone and will not recur. Five years is the period most often used by cancer doctors to define a cancer as presumed 'cured'.

However, if you have a history of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, which involve the blood production system, you can never donate blood. This is to protect your health and the health of patients who receive donated blood. Don't be disappointed though, because there are other ways you can help.

For some cancers of skin, the cervix or the prostate that are in the early stages you may be eligible to donate once treatment is complete.  

Please call 13 14 95 to see if you can donate blood.