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Why can they do organ transplantation for cancer?
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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Dr. Amy Friedman
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Variable
There are instances where a liver cancer or a kidney cancer requires removal of the organ, and then the patient can receive a replacement organ transplant.
It would depend upon the type of cancer, the extent of the cancer, and the condition of the patient.

In brief: Variable
There are instances where a liver cancer or a kidney cancer requires removal of the organ, and then the patient can receive a replacement organ transplant.
It would depend upon the type of cancer, the extent of the cancer, and the condition of the patient.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. George Loss
Surgery - Transplant
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No short answer
Transplantation of the liver for liver cancer is recommended only for early stages of the disease, when the cancer is most likely to be confined to the organ being removed and replaced by a new liver.

In brief: No short answer
Transplantation of the liver for liver cancer is recommended only for early stages of the disease, when the cancer is most likely to be confined to the organ being removed and replaced by a new liver.
Dr. George Loss
Dr. George Loss
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