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could a brother donate a portion of his lung and liver to save his sister

keys2z
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My sister was recently diagnosed with small cell lung cancer that spread to the liver with numerous spots on the liver. Has anyone ever heard to a doctor that would perform a partial lung and liver transplant if we were a match?

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Ex_Rock_n_Roller
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... but I suspect her having SCLC would rule her out as a recipient, even if the operations were theoretically possible. And any transplant is going to involve immunosuppressive drugs, which would no doubt let the cancer run wild, even if she were theoretically a candidate (which again, I doubt).

(The above is a semi-educated guess.)

keys2z
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Thank you for the information. 

dennycee
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She is really lucky to have you as family.  I have to agree with Ex-r, the immunosuppressive drugs would rule out the surgery to begin with.  When a patient has mets, most surgical interventions are ruled out because it is assumed that there are other cancerous cells circulating.  

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