In Practice

The UCLA Kidney Transplant Program started a voucher program in 2014 which has already proven its utility and saved 25 lives. “The program works like this: The voucher donor gives a kidney to a stranger on dialysis. Often that recipient had a friend or family member who had wanted to be a donor but couldn’t due to incompatibility.

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An original investigation published online by JAMA Dermatology on July 26, 2017 found that "renal transplant recipients had greater risk of developing melanoma compared with their non-renal transplant counterparts. Risk factors for developing melanoma included older, age, male sex, recipient white race, living donors, sirolimus therapy, and cyclosporine therapy".

Of 105,174 patients (64,151 or 60.7% male, mean age 49.5, standard deviation 15.3 years) "who received kidney transplants between 2004 and 2012, 488 or 0.4% had a record of melanoma after transplantation".

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