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A 49 year old woman in UK who received a kidney transplant in December 2017 developed cancer of the lymph nodes. Ten weeks after she received the donor organ she was told by a doctor that she had to have the kidney removed.

The hospital and transplant authorities have insisted all safety protocols were followed and that the transmission of an undiagnosed cancer is a known risk.

The recipient of the donor's liver - a man in Newcastle - had died after developing cancer.

John Forsythe, the medical director for organ donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "We are aware of this tragic case and our thoughts are with the recipients and their families.

It is rare for transplant patients to develop cancer, but it is a risk involved in the process. He said donation and transplantation had to take place quickly and usually followed an unexpected death. "In very rare cases it is possible that the donor has a very small tumour which cannot be picked up by the tests which can be performed in the limited time available prior to transplant," he added.

"This means the transmission of an undiagnosed cancer is a known risk, although thankfully it is very rare."

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A total of 4,039 people had a transplant from a deceased donor in the UK last year.

The risk of transmission of a previously undiagnosed cancer from a donor to a recipient is about 1 in 2,000 organs transplanted. Between 2001 and 2010 in the UK, 15 out of 30,765 transplant recipients developed donorā€transmitted cancers, of whom three died as a consequence.

During the same period, 4,093 patients died while waiting for transplants.


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