Malignancies after kidney transplantation

M. Rascente, F. Pisani, A. Barletta, M. D'Angelo, A. Giammaria, I. Parzanese, V. Rizza, G. Iaria, A. Famulari

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The most effective treatment of end-stage renal disease is renal transplantation; its superiority to prolong the longevity of patients is well established. Patient and graft survivals have improved with more potent immunosuppression but this advance has been associated with an increased incidence of cancer. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of cancer among 265 kidney transplant recipients engrafted between 1968 and October 2004. The overall prevalence of de novo malignancies was 3%. The mean age at diagnosis was 53.3 years (range, 28-63 years) and the duration of the transplant was 11.6 years (range, 0.3-33 years). One patient among 127 (0.8%) who had a history of less than 3 years under immunosuppression, developed a posttransplantation lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD). Among the 138 patients who had more than 3 years immunosuppression, 7 (5%) developed neoplasms of vulva, colon, native kidneys, prostatic gland, and ovary. One patient was affected by de novo carcinoma in the transplanted kidney. Compared with other published studies, our early cancer prevalence is low, possibly due to a careful history before grafting, good HLA matching, and abstinence from anti-T-cell therapy for treatment of acute rejection episodes. The low level of immunosuppression may account for the low prevalence of neoplasia. The risk of developing a malignancy increases with long-term immunosuppression, comparable with most reports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2529-2531
Number of pages3
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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