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[cancer] A quick note on liver transplants - Lakeshore
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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-09-12 07:34
Subject: [cancer] A quick note on liver transplants
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Tags:cancer, health, personal
The question of liver transplants has come up a number of times here in comments, as well as by email, in conversation, and elsewhere. In short, the basic issue with the idea of a transplant is that I'm a low probability beneficiary. The metastatic seeds are loose in my bloodstream and lymphatic system. So a new liver would simply be recolonized by the tumors. Given the incredible shortage of organs available for transplant, and my likelihood of lack of long-term benefit, I'm too low priority to even make it on to a transplant list. Were I experiencing a primary liver cancer, I would in fact be a transplant candidate.

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Jenny Rae Rappaport
User: eiriene
Date: 2012-09-13 03:32 (UTC)
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Hypothetically:

If you did receive a transplant, would the transplant slow the disease any, as the metastatic seeds would have to reattach to the new liver?

Also, and please correct me if I'm wrong, I thought a liver transplant could be done with a partial donation of someone else's liver?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-09-15 01:14 (UTC)
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Well, yes, it would slow the disease. But transplants are in such short supply that any available liver could be used for better patient outcomes in other recipients.

Not sure about the partial question.
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Jenny Rae Rappaport
User: eiriene
Date: 2012-09-15 01:18 (UTC)
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Roughly googling, I found this about it: http://ndt.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/suppl_8/viii13.full

Japan seems to be pioneering living donation of partial livers due to short supply of cadaver livers.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-09-15 01:20 (UTC)
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Thank you!
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Jenny Rae Rappaport
User: eiriene
Date: 2012-09-15 01:21 (UTC)
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No problem! I actually knew this was a possibility from watching a Japanese television drama about a woman needing a new liver. =) I figured it had to exist, somehow.
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