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Can I Get Cancer From Taking Azathioprine For My Organ Transplant
Benefits vs risks: Agree with drs. Layman and browne. Unfortunately, the cost of immune suppression is increased risk for infections and some cancers, especially skin, lymphoma, others. Balance that with the risk to life and health of not getting the transplant, if needed, e.g.Kidneys-lifelong dialysis (with associated risks); liver- liver failure (not pretty), early death, ;heart-congestive failure and early death. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Are cancer patients where the cancer is localized to a specific organ eligible to receive an organ transplant? Just curious.
Depends: This is always at the discretion of the transplant surgeon, but largely depends on the type of cancer. Very localized skin cancers are not likely to cause an issue whereas others entail such a dire prognosis, transplant may not be an option. Also, transplant is also a treatment for some cancers in selected patients--the liver is the best example here. ...Read more
Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?
Yes, with caution: Both patient's described are immune compromised. Extra care needs to be taken around the immune compromised patient. Washing has periodically, wearing a mask, if there is anybody sneezing, or in a big public place is a good start. Consult, your physician to have periodic blood draw to check if patients are immune compromised. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually can't: Cancer usually rules out txp. But, for some people with early cancer of the liver, there is no other chance for a cure - because the cancer can't be surgically "resected" without removing the entire liver. For them (or for a rare group of pts with very slow growing tumors that have spread to the liver - like steve jobs), if there isn't evidence of spread beyond the liver, a txp may be appropriate. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If I get an infection while on immunosuppresants after an organ transplant will I need to go to hospital because it could kill me, even a cold?
Immunosuppression: You could probably get away with seeing your primary care physician locally if you don't feel that bad. They can determine at that time based on your labs, vital signs and overall state of health if you need to be hospitalized or just be precribed antibiotics as an outpatient. If you feel horrible skip the middle man and go to the hospital because a severe infection can be lethal. ...Read more
Yes: Yes many do. But it is important to first have the infection controlled with medication. Increasing viral loads in the blood may require a delay until the infection is controlled. ...Read more
In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more
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