Kidney Failure & Cancer After Kidney Transplant

Marie was manager of medium size creche and one day a parent drop of there child with a strep throat and as a result this Marie contacted Streptococcal Glomerulonephritis (GN), which result in the following complication for Marie.

Possible Complications of Post Streptococcal Glomerulonephritis (GN)
Although post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis usually goes away by itself after several weeks to months, it may sometimes get worse in certain adults, and lead to chronic kidney failure, and other complications including:

  • Acute renal failure
  • Nephrotic syndrome

I highly recommend checking out the content on the following sites

The IYA Foundation or The Irish Kidney Association

After Marie kidney failed due to Nephrotic Syndrome we began a 4 year journey is regular dialysis and working to get on the transplant list.

Post Transplant Cancer Risks

What are my chances of getting cancer after a kidney transplant?

Your chances are greater than those without a transplant. The immune system is very important to keep your body from getting cancer. Anti-rejection (immunosuppressive) medications decrease your immune function and may decrease the body’s defenses for certain types of cancer. There are things that you can do to lower your chances of getting cancer.

How do I know if I am at increased risk for skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and can cause death. If you have fair skin, live in a high sun exposure area or have a history of skin cancer you may have a higher chance for getting skin and lip cancer. There are also certain anti-rejection medication that may increase your risk more than others.

How can I lower my chances of getting skin cancer?

To lower your chances of getting skin cancer you should:

  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Avoid tanning booths
  • Wear UVA and UVB sunscreen protection
  • Be aware of any changes in your skin. Preform self-examines of your skin and lips regularly. Tell your doctor if you notice a strange lump, bump, sore, ulcer, or colored area on the skin
  • Follow the advice of your transplant team and kidney doctor for further skin care. Your doctor may recommend going to a dermatologist (skin doctor) for a yearly exam

What other cancer screening should I talk to my doctor about?

Women – Discuss risk of cervical, breast and colon cancer with your doctor regularly and keep up with recommended exams

For more Details see the National Kidney Foundation Site