Immune Cells Predict Post-Transplant Skin Cancer

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The risk of skin cancer after kidney transplantation was more than five times higher in patients with high levels of T-regulatory immune cells and low levels of “natural killer” immune cells.

These findings from Robert P. Carroll, MD, and colleagues, which appear in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (2010; published online ahead of print), indicate that measuring immune cells could provide a valuable new approach to predicting skin cancer risk after kidney transplantation.

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