NC Man's Transplanted Kidney Contained Cancer

A North Carolina man has had a transplanted kidney removed, after doctors learned the organ contained cancer.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that 66-year-old Bob Warzel of Calabash escaped the lymphoma that the kidney carried. The disease was discovered after a patient at Duke University Medical Center who received the second kidney from the same donor rejected the organ.

Duke abdominal transplant surgery head Dr. Deb Sudan said it's impossible to biopsy and test every transplanted body part.

Federal records show more than 16,000 kidney transplants are done each year in the United States. Over a 15 year period, only 39 deceased kidney donors had a disease history of lymphoma or leukemia.


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  • by Tina Location: Gvegas on Apr 30, 2010 at 07:09 PM
    Well how about this...don't take a kidney. If one is offered to you just don't take it. Just go ahead, buy the farm, push up daisies, die. You know if it wasn't for people like doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, researchers and anyone else in the medical field, that actually care about their fellow human beings you would reach that field of daises alot quicker. So you should be grateful that someone has given you the opportunity and ability to live a little while longer. As a matter of fact kiss the ground they walk on!
  • by PATTY Location: GREENVILLE on Apr 21, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    I BET IF IT WERE THE DOCTOR'S FAMILY OR FRIEND OR HIMSELF/HERSELF RECEIVING IT THE ORGAN WOULD BE TESTED FOR EVERYTHING. JUST TREAT PEOPLE AS YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. I AGREE WITH EVERY THING ANONYMOUS STATED... FOLLOW THAT ADVICE.
  • by ANON on Apr 17, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    The only people I will listen to on this issue are the ones who have commented that have received a transplant themselves. The rest of you, quit complaining. No business, profession, person, doctor, minister, etc. is perfect. I truly believe that some of the people who post on this blog think they are the only perfect people in society. There are risks with everything in life.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 at 06:41 PM
    People do not care. Bottom line. LAZY with no work ethics. Clock watchers. I will advocate for my family and MAKE SURE they get decent care since QUALITY care seems to be out the window. Gotta watch nurses, physicians and the like because if you do not watch them they will give as little as they can get away with. BE LOUD. BE AN ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND DO NOT BE AFRAID TO DO IT. Stay in the room and overnight with family to watch them. You and your family deserve the best care possible and sometimes you have to enforce it yourself. I will do this for my mother, brother, husband, kids and anyone else I love. I am the physicians worst nightmare. I will hold you accountable.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Apr 16, 2010 at 06:28 PM
    There is such a race to get the matched organs from the donor to the patient, it is impossible for them to test out every little organ for cancer. Health care costs are high enough as it is. Sure test it for diseases that are carried through the blood. But that's really all they can do. You never know when your time is up. Many of our ancestors didn't have the luxury of today's medicine. I wish people will learn to count their blessings rather than be all bitter and negative all the time.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 at 05:57 PM
    To Anon at 3:15 - YOU ARE SO RIGHT!
  • by what in the world on Apr 16, 2010 at 05:47 PM
    Time to lawyer up!!
  • by voter Location: nc on Apr 16, 2010 at 02:16 PM
    a few years ago, duke cleaned their surgical instruments with used hydraulic fluid from an elevator repair. took weeks to discover the problem, even after surgeons complained of the instruments being slippery. makes you wonder who's in charge and if anybody cares about anything.
  • by SRF Location: Greenville on Apr 16, 2010 at 01:16 PM
    As someone who has had 2 Kidney transplants, I would say that it is tragic, but agree that this is not the norm. Anyone that needs a cadaveric organ, knows the risks and are thankful for any chance. I would also say that all of the risks are lowered with a living donor, the problem is living donors are not easy to come by. For those who think there is not enough testing or are critical of the system ... become a living donor yourself and part of the solution. There are currently 281 people on the UNOS waiting list for a kidney at Pitt County Memorial Hospital - who can you help? 46 of them have been waiting, on dialysis, for over 2 years. I was lucky enough to have a living donor and I thank him everyday for the chance he gave me to live.
  • by CONCERNED Location: WILLIAMSTON on Apr 16, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    This just proves one thing! We have NO lease on life. WHAT AM I GETTING AT? PLEASE INVITE JESUS IN YOUR HEART.
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