Posts Tagged 'immunosuppression'

It’s time to #HonorTheGift of kidney donation

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For the rest of their lives, kidney transplant recipients require daily immunosuppressive medications to reduce the likelihood of organ rejection. Under current law, however,
Medicare covers the cost of a kidney transplant but only pays for anti-rejection medication for three years. After Medicare drops their coverage, transplant patients who aren’t fortunate enough to find affordable insurance are left to cover the cost of the medication on their own.

Without immunosuppressive medications to prevent rejection, many patients find themselves back in a ...

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Post-heart transplant cancer rates are climbing

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More than 10 percent of heart transplant recipients developed cancer between one and five years post-transplantation—most commonly skin cancer—according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Survival in transplant patients with de novo malignancy—the first occurrence of cancer in the body—is markedly shorter than those with no malignancy, reported lead author Jong-Chan Youn, MD, PhD, and colleagues.

“Importantly, the increased risk of mortality was sizeable even for patients diagnosed with skin cancer; this finding is in contrast to the ...

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