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Possibility of breast cancer post bone grafting from a cadaver - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My question is re: cancer
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
User :   Hello
Doctor :   please proceed with your query
User :   Is it possible for a person to develop cancer after receiving a transplant/bone graft from a person who may have died from cancer?
Doctor :   If the cancer cells were active, then it could be a possibility? was it a living graft?
User :   No, a bone graft from a cadaver.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   what cancer did the cadaver have?
User :   To be honest, I don't know if the cadaver had cancer. However, my mothe received a bone graft 7 years ago and 2 years ago developed HER 2 breast cancer w/ bone mets(including the area where she had the bone graft).
Doctor :   ok. Was there any history of breast cancer in your mother's family?
User :   Two aunts, two first cousins.
Doctor :   ok. then the breast cancer would have been heriditary
Doctor :   and not caused by teh bone graft
Doctor :   it might have been detected late when already it had spread to the bone
Doctor :   did your mother have a screening done for breast cancer after she found out the family history
User :   She religously went for a mamo every year. The doctors, I assume, did not think she was at a high risk because it was just aunts and cousins, all of who are survivors or died from other causes.
Doctor :   ok. but in my opinion it should have been dealt with aggressively for early detection due to the high risk associated with more than two instances of family history
User :   We were watching a tv show and a character developed mesothelioma after getting a bone graft. So, a few bells went off in all our heads. I assumed it could not be possible for any type of cancer to be transfered after the body dies and parts are donated. But is it a possibility or more "hollywood."
Doctor :   it is a possibility if the cancer ghistory are linked
Doctor :   but in your mothers case
Doctor :   there is a definite familiy history
Doctor :   so in all probabilities
Doctor :   she would have had it before
Doctor :   and by the time it got detected
Doctor :   the spread already happened
Doctor :   did she ever had breast soreness, lump in breast or pain on palpation of breast?
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