Transplants: The Kidney & the Cancer

No one ever expected a doctor to have a good word to say about cancer, but this week a team of physicians and surgeons at Manhattan's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center came as close to doing so as scientific caution would permit. A kidney transplanted from a cancer patient, it seems, may have a better chance of survival than one taken from a healthy donor.

Why this should be so, the doctors are not sure. It is known that patients with advanced cancer have little or no capacity for rejecting foreign tissue, and this makes it easier for them to accept transplants....

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