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

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If You Have Liver Cancer, New Treatments May Ease Burden

Liver cancer is on the rise in the United States, but less-invasive laparoscopic surgery is easing treatment for some patients. Cancer of the liver is becoming more common due to such factors as hepatitis C, as well as another condition called non-alcohol fatty liver disease. [Tweet “Liver #cancer on the rise, but #laparoscopic surgery easier … Read More

How 3D Printing Makes Surgery More Personal

No two livers are exactly alike. This uniqueness creates difficulty for surgeons, who need to remove damaged areas of a liver while keeping healthy areas intact. Enter 3D printing. This technology creates highly accurate 3D models that surgeons can use as visual aids to prepare for each individual’s unique anatomy. That preparation is necessary with … 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

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

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Life Cords for Transplant Patients

With bone marrow transplants we try to beat leukemia, lymphoma and other serious blood diseases by replacing unhealthy blood-forming cells in your bone marrow with healthy ones. Cord blood transplant is one of the newer options we have for these procedures. Cord blood is umbilical cord blood, taken from a baby’s umbilical cord and placenta … Read More