Paris (AFP). A woman in Montpellier, France, died of lung cancer about a year and a half after receiving the lungs of a long-time smoker. One now in the newspaper Lung cancer A published study therefore warns of the risks in organ transplants from smokers.
According to the report, the patient, who has suffered from cystic fibrosis since childhood, received the lungs of a 57-year-old man in November 2015, who smoked a packet of cigarettes for 30 years, according to the data available. In June 2017, the lung receptor was admitted to the cancer ward of the University Hospital of Montpellier, where he died of lung cancer two months later, without any treatment being possible.
Typical Symptoms of Lung Cancer
The study showed that the patient has typical symptoms of lung cancer induced by smoking. The short interval between organ transplantation and the appearance of early irregularities in the radiographic images of the lungs indicated that the cancer had already been triggered during the life of the donor, the study authors said.
Anti-immune drugs that the recipient of the organ had to take to prevent rejection of the donor organ would have promoted the development of cancer. Given the long latency period for lung cancer, it is advisable to reconsider the lung transplantation of smokers or donors who have recently stopped smoking, the authors concluded.