Welcome to the TRIO (Transplant Recipients International Organization) Post-Transplant Cancer (PTC) web site.
Here you will find structured educational material and videos to LEARN about and raise your awareness of cancer risk for transplant recipients. Once aware of the higher risk, you can learn symptoms to LOOK out for and how to deal and LIVE with cancers that affect the majority of long-term transplant survivors. Finally you will have LINKS to resources to help you go further in this life-saving learning process. Come, enjoy and live a long cancer-free healthy life with your transplant.
Recent updates & PTC news:
> Government booklet for Living with Cancer, a Survivors' Guide (PDF download)
> Study: African-American Organ Transplant Recipients at Risk for Skin Cancer 9/21/16:
"Squamous-cell carcinoma of the skin is 65- to 250-times more frequent in patients who have received an organ transplant, due to the side effects of the anti-rejection medications they are prescribed. Skin cancers in transplant patients also tend to be more aggressive and more deadly."
> Inconsistent guidelines for screening transplant recipients at higher cancer risk: Canadian study 8/2016
> Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer 7/2016
>Review, Following AICR Recommendations for Cancer Prevention Really Does Prevent Cancer 6/2016
> Slides used at 2016 TGA PTC workshop 6/2016
>More Evidence of Exercise for Cancer Prevention 5/2016
>The Cancer Conundrum:How should transplant professionals manage their patients in the era of cancer immunotherapy? 3/2016
>2015 Annual Cancer Report: Falling Cancer Death Rates, Increasing Liver Cancers, Prevention is Key 3/2016
> A doctor shares the secrets of cancer survivors - 2/2016
> Immunosuppressed Melanoma Patients Have More Aggressive Disease - 7/2015
> Cancer death risk higher for organ transplant patients - 1/2016
> See Sugar & cancer topic under LINKS: INTERACTIVE BLOG 1/2016
> Watch Cancer Biology Introduction (video) in LINKS: RESOURCE LIBRARY 1/2016
Note: Content is being added as our research progresses, with the more popular topics being expanded first, ie., organ type: kidney (80% of transplants are kidneys); cancer type: skin (most common cancer by far in post-transplant patients) - since that will serve the greatest number of patients first.
Imagine this too common scenario: A candidate for organ transplant attends the pre-transplant introduction offered by most transplant programs. Among the overwhelming amount of information explained is the fact that a transplant recipient will be on immunosuppressant medications for the...
Each type of organ transplant comes with cancer risks that may be different due to unique biology of that organ, or more commonly, due to the different drug protocals - both drug type and dosage - used for each type of transplant.
In this LOOK section you will find topics...
Now that you LEARN aobut the higher risk of cancer in organ transplant patients and can LOOK for the signs that give early warning to cancer types common to your type of organ transplant, its time to face and understand how to LIVE through the life cycle of cancer. That will inlcude...
Beyond learning about the risks of cancer post-transplant, and then looking to recognize symptoms so you can live with action to address those risks early on when treatment success is most likely, in this final LINKS section...