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can you tell me if someone take blood from a cancer patient and gave it to a healthy person will they get cancer?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Highly unlikely: First, there would have to be cancer cells in the blood, which is not always the case. Second, the immune system of the recipient would recognize the cells as foreign and destroy them. I guess it could be remotely possible in someone with severe immune deficiency due to illness or drugs but i've never heard of it happening. Maybe one of my colleagues at ht has.
Answered on May 7, 2014

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