Transplant-linked cancer deaths pose questions about safety
from UW Medicine
“Four get cancer from donated organ,” blared the headline above a news story recently. It described the case of a woman in Europe who died in 2007. Her undetected breast cancer was transmitted via transplant to four individuals who received her lungs, liver and kidneys. Only one recipient is alive today, after the donor kidney was removed in a subsequent surgery. The story raises questions about the risk of cancer transmission from a transplant and what precautions exist to make such horrifying outcomes a rarity. Jorge Reyes, UW Medicine’s chief of transplant surgery, provided context.
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