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Will New Rules Change Your Wait for a Kidney or Lung?

The wait for a donor kidney or lung may get shorter — at least for some on transplant wait lists. That’s because of recent changes to the U.S. transplant system. In December 2014, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) introduced a new way of matching transplant candidates with donor kidneys. … Read More

Don’t Smoke? You Could Still Get Lung Cancer

If you think you’re safe from lung cancer because you’ve never smoked, think again. Being a non-smoker doesn’t mean you cannot get lung cancer. While cigarette smoking is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer, you also can get it from breathing secondhand smoke, being exposed to asbestos or radon, or having a family history of lung cancer. Many … Read More

What You Need to Know About Annual Lung Cancer Screenings

Story updated 3/11/2015 Last year, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, an influential panel of national medical experts, recommended that older, longtime smokers be screened annually for lung cancer — the leading cancer killer in the United States, with almost 160,000 deaths yearly — for early detection. The recommendation was supported by the American … Read More

Breathing New Life Into Rejected Donor Lungs

It’s alive! Think Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with the best of intentions. Cleveland Clinic researchers are reviving rejected donor lungs through an innovative new technique.  Surgeons are only able to use about 20 percent of lungs from donors. Addressing the donor lung shortage It’s a troubling fact: there are more patients in need of transplants than suitable donor lungs. Each year … Read More

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February 14 is National Donor Day, Too

Today across the U.S., more than 117,000 people are waiting for that gift of life from an organ donor. Trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss are all reasons why someone may need an organ, tissue or blood donation at some point in their lives. It could happen to any one … Read More

More Lungs for Life-saving Transplants (Video)

Life-saving lung transplants are limited by a shortage of donor lungs. Around 85 percent of lungs are accepted for transplant after a donor’s death because of complications and injuries. That’s troubling news for the 100,000 Americans waiting on the lung transplant standby list. But fortunately, the situation is about to change. Experts believe as many … Read More