• Something ELSE for donor recipients to be worried about!

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    2 Answers from the Community

    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      My guess is that most organ recipients are facing imminent death without a transplant so they are probably willing to accept this risk.

      about 1 month ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      In autologous (one's own cells) stem cell transplantation, there is an elevated risk of developing Acute Myeloid Leukemia, or its precursor, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, due to the radiation and high dose chemotherapy done in transplant preparation. Another risk is the re-infusion of one's own cancer cells that were not eradicated by primary therapy.

      In allogeneic (donor) transplants, the risk is of importing un-diagnosed blood disorders or malignancies that were undetected in the donor. In my case, I inherited numerous food and medication allergies from my donor (son), but we knew of this and he was the best of only two potential donors.

      Although extremely rare, these are a few of the risks. All of this must be balanced against the inevitable death that would have occurred without the transplant.

      That's life.

      about 1 month ago

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