Organ donation by patients with brain tumor virtually risk-free

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The risk of cancer transmission from organ donors with primary brain tumors is significantly lower than previously believed. This is the conclusion of a study by George Greenhall et al., published in JAMA Surgery.

They analyzed the data of 778 transplants with organs from 282 donors with a brain tumour. During the 17-year study period with a median follow-up of 7 years, they did not find a single case of cancer transmission.

A risk of brain tumor transmission of 23 percent was previously reported; later, small-scale studies calculated transmission risks of less than 3 percent.

Greenhall et al further found that the donated organs were of good quality, as evidenced by favorable risk markers and excellent transplant outcomes.

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