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Transplant Dermatology Multidisciplinary Clinic at BIDMC
Did you know you have a greater risk for skin cancer after an organ transplant? Here’s why: anti-rejection medications prescribed after your transplant weaken your body's resistance to skin cancer. Your risk increases over time after your transplant surgery.
The Transplant Dermatology Multidisciplinary Clinic brings you expert care to treat and prevent skin cancers that may occur after your transplant.
During your appointment, you will meet with skin and kidney specialists who will provide well-coordinated, complete care in one location.
First, a dermatologist (skin doctor) will review your health history to assess your skin cancer risk, and will provide a full skin exam. Biopsies can be performed on-site right away if any suspicious lesions are found.
Next, a nephrologist (kidney specialist) will review your anti-rejection medications, and may fine-tune your dosage or change your medications if necessary to limit your risk of skin cancer while keeping your transplanted kidney safe.
We can also arrange an appointment with a dermatologist if you have received an organ transplant other than a kidney (liver, pancreas, heart, lung, etc.), and care can be coordinated with your transplant doctors.