Doctor Now Cancer-Free After Rare Transplant Surgery At Northwestern

Doctors in Chicago have achieved a medical milestone by completing the first multi-organ transplant on a cancer patient. The recipient, a pulmonologist from California, was battling advanced stage lung cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy, his lungs and liver were severely damaged. In September, he was flown to Northwestern Medicine in Chicago for a life-saving surgery, where he received two new lungs and a liver.

The complex procedure involved removing his cancer-ridden lungs while ensuring that no cancer cells spread during the operation. The donor liver was kept viable through new technology that supplied it with warm, oxygenated blood until transplantation. This innovative approach, inspired by techniques developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to a groundbreaking success. Now cancer-free, the doctor is back on his feet, celebrating his 69th birthday and expressing deep gratitude to the medical team that saved his life.


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