Can Organ Transplants Transmit Cancer?
|Organ Transplant Surgery|
It's well known that organ transplants can pass on infectious diseases from the donor to the recipient in rare cases. New scientific research shows that passing cancer from a donor to a transplant recipient is extraordinarily rare but can happen. In fact, a donor's undetectable cancer cells caused 4 transplant recipients, including a man, to develop breast cancer. 3 of them died. This case emerged in Europe and was published in the scientific journal Transplant.
Donor History of No Detectable Cancer
The 53 yr old donor died of a stroke and had no detectable signs of cancer. But doctors traced back the DNA in the cancer cells found in the 4 recipients. The DNA matched that of the donor. Scientists say the chance of something like this happening is 1 to 5 in 10,000 cases. But, it's important research findings and something to be aware of. The incidences are extraordinary rare but possible.