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Can I get cancer from taking azathioprine for my organ transplant?

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Are cancer patients where the cancer is localized to a specific organ eligible to receive an organ transplant? Just curious.

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

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Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?

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 more

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Why can they do organ transplantation for cancer?

Why can they do organ transplantation for cancer?

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 more

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How can I get healthier after an organ transplant?

How can I get healthier after an organ transplant?

Same for others: Eat a nutritious diet and commit to a daily exercise program that fits your age and abilities. Don't smoke, and use alcohol in moderation. ...Read more

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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?

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

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If you get an organ transplant, can you get phantom pains from the lack of the old organ?

If you get an organ transplant, can you get phantom pains from the lack of the old organ?

Interesting Question: I have never heard a patient express pain from missing a kidney, liver, heart, pancreas, or lung. However, any time there is a surgical procedure done in an area of the body, there may be some lingering pains from inflammation at the surgical site. ...Read more

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Can a dialysis patient get an organ transplant if they have herpes 1?

Can a dialysis patient get an organ transplant if they have herpes 1?

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

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When you get an organ transplant, how eactly does the body try to destroy the new organ?

Immune system: Your white blood cells and their products (antibodies) treat the transplant like any type of foreign material. Just as it would treat an infection or a splinter. The blood cells and antibodies attach to certain points on the cells of the transplant and destroys them. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Transplant (Definition)

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


Dr. W. James Chon
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Organ Transplant (Definition)

In practical terms it means removing an organ (kidney, heart, lung, liver, pancreas, intestine, etc.) from someone from the same species (allotransplant) and placing it in another ...Read more