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which cancers can occur as an adverse effect of immunosuppressive therapy?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Lymphoma: The commonest cancers as an adverse effect of immuno-suppressive therapy are ebv related lymphomas. Other cancers include kaposi sarcoma and some skin cancers.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Amy Friedman
39 years experience Transplant Surgery
Skin and lymphoma: Skin cancer is already at an epidemic rate - immunosuppression increases that risk. The longer you take immunosuppression, the greater the risk of skin cancer. All immunosuppressed patients should have an annual skin check by a knowledgeable provider. By 5 years, 50% of australian patients had skin cancers (due to intense sun and very light skin). Lymphoma is second most frequent.
Answered on Nov 14, 2017
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