According to doctors from Montpellier University Hospital, who was followed by this 39-year-old patient, cancer was already present in the lungs that had been vaccinated.
A patient with cystic fibrosis develops cancer shortly after the lung cell transplantation of a dead smoker, the study Lung cancer and discovered the site Biomedical facts , Doctors at Montpellier University Hospital, who publish this exceptional occurrence of clinical cases about the risk of organ transplantation. Several weeks earlier, another study reported that a woman with undiagnosed breast cancer, while alive, had transferred her tumor to four patients who received her organs.
Since childhood, the patient has been monitored for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that mainly affects the lungs and the digestive system. In 2015, when she was 37 years old, the patient saw her breathing function worsen because of her illness. In November of that year, doctors decide to carry out lung transplantation. Transplants are women of a 57 year old woman who smoked packs a day for 30 years. According to physicians, the examinations performed at the time of brain death did not reveal any abnormalities.
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Two years later, in June 2017, the transplanted patient was admitted to a thoracic oncology unit at Montpellier University Hospital. Worse, it suffers from respiratory insufficiency. Imaging tests reveal the characteristic symptoms of lung cancer. The tumor is then 112 centimeters. In August, less than two months later, the tumor more than doubled to 268 centimeters. Metastases were present in the skin. The patient in the terminal phase of cancer dies without attempting therapy.
"A short delay between lung transplantation and the occurrence of the first radiation abnormality suggests that carcinogenesis began in the donor's life," the authors of the study said. A cancer whose growth would be greatly accelerated by the immunosuppressive treatments the patient was watching to avoid the rejection of her new lungs.
According to Dr. Jean-Louis Pujol and his colleagues from the Montpellier University Hospital "due to the relatively long latent period of lung cancer, we suggest that transplantation of smoking donors (or who have recently ceased) should be cautious."