His death occurred just after transplant, says the study is conducted by a doctor at Montpellier University Hospital.
The review Lung cancer Relays the results of a study that warns of the risk caused by the transplantation of organs for smoking patients.
It is based on a woman who was accompanied by a young age for cystic fibrosis, followed by a deterioration of the ability to breathe.
Symptoms similar to lung cancer
Grafted in 2017, she died two months later of lung cancer. For the two doctors from the University Hospital in Montpellier who conducted this study, "The short delay between pulmonary transplantation and the appearance of the first radiological abnormality suggests that carcinogenicity began during the life of the donor".
They add it "According to the donor database, the transplanted lungs were taken from a 57-year-old woman who has smoked a pack one day for 30 years". In addition, they indicate that when the donor died, the investigations had been performed and nothing was revealed as abnormal.
A story about smoking should be considered better
The development of this cancer would also have been greatly accelerated by the immunosuppressive treatments that the transplant recipient took to avoid rejection of his new lungs.
Dr Jean-Louis Pujol, co-author of the study, therefore recommends that "Transfers from smokers (or newly arrested) donors should be considered with caution". And this, "Given the relatively long latency of lung cancer".