Paris (AFP). A woman in Montpellier, France, died of lung cancer about a year and a half after she had a lung from a longtime smoker. One now in the journal Lung cancer the published study warns of the risks associated with smoker's organ transplantation.
According to the report, a patient who has had cystic fibrosis since childhood, received the lungs of a 57-year-old in November 2015, who smoked a pack of cigarettes for 30 years, according to available data. In June 2017, the lung recipient was admitted to the oncological ward of the Montpellier university hospital, where he died of lung cancer two months later, without the possibility of any treatment.
Typical symptoms of lung cancer
The study showed that the patient had symptoms typical of lung cancer due to smoking. The short distance between organ transplantation and the appearance of the first abnormalities in lung x-ray images indicated that the cancer had already been triggered during the donor's life, the study said.
The antiviral drugs that the patient was taking the organ to prevent donor organ rejection would foster the development of cancer. Considering the long delay in lung cancer, it is recommended to reconsider lung transplantation from smokers or donors who have recently quit smoking – the authors concluded.