Extraordinary Case: 4 People Get Cancer From Donated Organs

Extraordinary Case: 4 People Get Cancer From Donated Organs

Three out of four individuals who developed breast cancer from donated organs eventually succumbed to the disease. Interestingly, the donor, who died of a heart attack, tested negative for cancer at the time of her death.   ( Pixabay )

There are rare instances wherein organ donors unwittingly pass infectious diseases to the organ recipients, but an even rarer occurrence is passing cancer through the transplant.

In Europe, four people who received organs from a single donor develop breast cancer many months to several years after the transplant. What are some important things to know about organ donations when it comes to cancer?

Cancer From Donated Organs

In 2007, a 53-year-old organ donor died from a stroke. As she had no known medical conditions that would disallow her from donating her organs and she did not test positive for any kind of cancer, her heart, lungs, liver, and two kidneys were given to different people.

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