From the research in collecting information about Post-transplant higher risk of cancers, ten best practices in dealing with that risk will be tabulated and explained here:.
Practice #1.Understand and acknowledgethat with your organ transplant there comes a higher risk - as much as 50 times higher risk - than the normal population of getting cancer. This risk level depends on several factors such as: advancing age, longer years of survival post-transplant, your ethnicity, immunosuppressant medications and type of organ transplant
Practice #2.Being proactive in prevention, early detection and treatmentof cancers post-transplant willtypically result in minor treatment procedures with high probability of full recovery with minimal pain and inconvenience. The alternative of not being proactive in those steps can dramatically reduce your life expectancy post-transplant.
Practice #3:Know and follow a schedule of regular testingfor early symptoms of cancer - i.e. annual tests prescribed by your transplant team (unique to each type of organ transplant), regular self-exams using well know processes for skin cancers, etc. adherence to your transplant program's follow-up visits),
Practice #4. Follow your transplant team's advice in theirreferrals to cancer specialists with transplant experience- you are special and need the benefit of medical professionals that regularly treat and work with fellow transplant recipients to know how to look for conditions that are more prevalent and faster growing in immune-suppressed transplant recipients.
Practice #5:Write down a few key goals you are willing to commit to from the best practices listed here and track progress against those goals
(developer note: here's a JPG image of one such example we might offer with a TRIO PTC label on it with a downloadable printable version for the viewer to work with:
. . . more 'best practices' to come as our PTC research progresses . . .
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