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Can you get a lung transplant to help cure lung cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Immunosuppression

The drugs that allow a human transplant, suppress the immune system. Even "compatible" organs from donors, usually sudden deaths in otherwise healthy folks, have antigens recognized by the recipient immune system, so asleep the immunity most go to tolerate the "foreign" organ.
The immune system helps control and eliminate cancer cells. Those with transplants are susceptible to tumor development.

In brief: Immunosuppression

The drugs that allow a human transplant, suppress the immune system. Even "compatible" organs from donors, usually sudden deaths in otherwise healthy folks, have antigens recognized by the recipient immune system, so asleep the immunity most go to tolerate the "foreign" organ.
The immune system helps control and eliminate cancer cells. Those with transplants are susceptible to tumor development.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

There is no evidence to support the use of lung transplant to cure lung cancer.
In fact, lung cancer treated within 5 years is a contraindication for lung transplantation.

In brief: No

There is no evidence to support the use of lung transplant to cure lung cancer.
In fact, lung cancer treated within 5 years is a contraindication for lung transplantation.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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