9 doctors weighed in:
If a cancerous kidney was transplanted to a different person, would that person then develop kidney cancer?
9 doctors weighed in

5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
If a kidney that is transplanted has cancer in it, then the recepient will continue to have the same cancer and it will continue to grow.
If not treated, it will metastasize and spread. Many tests are performed prior to transplantation to prevent this from occuring.

In brief: Yes
If a kidney that is transplanted has cancer in it, then the recepient will continue to have the same cancer and it will continue to grow.
If not treated, it will metastasize and spread. Many tests are performed prior to transplantation to prevent this from occuring.
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Thank
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Most likely
Yes, especially since after kidney transplant patients require medications to suppress the immune system in order to prevent rejection of the transplanted kidney.
Cancer tends to grow faster when the immune system has been suppressed. That is why both transplant donors and recipients are very carefully screened for diseases like cancer and infections.

In brief: Most likely
Yes, especially since after kidney transplant patients require medications to suppress the immune system in order to prevent rejection of the transplanted kidney.
Cancer tends to grow faster when the immune system has been suppressed. That is why both transplant donors and recipients are very carefully screened for diseases like cancer and infections.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Crystal Twynham
Board Certified, Surgery
29 years in practice
937K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors