Solid organ transplant recipients are at a significantly increased risk of developing skin cancer in comparison to the general population. Most transplant recipients will develop a limited number of skin cancers that can be easily treated, but a few recipients will develop hundreds of skin cancers which can become very difficult to treat and even life threatening.
Prevention of skin cancer is vital, beginning at the time of transplantation. Early detection of any skin cancer that might occur sometime after the transplant is also vital for the best care, treatment, and long term outcome. There is no exact determination of which transplant recipients will be severely affected with skin cancer. It is therefore important that all recipients are aware and adopt sun protective behaviors.
Solid organ transplant recipients may experience many non-cancerous changes in their skin. Such common concerns include: loss or gain of hair, acne, fungal infections of the skin and nails, viral infections of the skin such as warts and shingles, and many others. The information in this website is designed to provide transplant recipients with necessary knowledge regarding their special skin concerns, especially that of skin cancer. This is not a forum for diagnosis and treatment. Specific concerns that one might have regarding their skin should be addressed directly with a physician.
October 30, 2013
Deadline: Transplant Skin Cancer Network Call for applications
The American Academy of Dermatology is seeking dermatologists to participate in an effort to study squamous cell carcinoma incidence, metastasis, and mortality among transplant recipients.
Dermatologists currently working with transplant centers to evaluate and treat patients with skin disease, including skin cancer, are encouraged to submit an application. The Academy is providing seed money and facilitating the development of a network of dermatologists paired with transplant centers that will conduct the initial study and be able to seek and secure funding from the NIH and other sources for future research.
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March 22, 2014
8:00 - 11:00 am
ITSCC Board of Directors Meeting
We are looking at funding opportunities for a transplant skin cancer registry. A knowledge of which transplant centers are associated with our members and a rough idea of how many transplant patients are being followed would be helpful in this process. Please provide us with these brief details regarding your transplant practice. Click here to take survey