Post Edited (danccooke) : 9/1/2005 1:24:26 PM (GMT-6)
What I know about the transplant process is that the patient must have at least 1 year sobriety, 6 months documented substance abuse counseling (if there is a history), extensive physical and psychological evaluations, an extremely strong support system, and the ability (personally or through insurance) to pay for the surgery. And all of that is just to - possibly - get listed.
Then, when a donor organ becomes available, IF there is a match, the doctors would notify the patient and surgery would take place - IF the patient is still healthy enough to survive the procedure.
It is legally impossible to schedule yourself for transplant. In the case of cancer, there are several chemo procedures that would be attempted long before transplant would become necessary.
That being said, anyone who is actively drinking or drugging would never even be considered.
Hope that helps.
Fiance had HCV, cirrhosis, ESLD, ascites, and portal hypertension. Was transplanted June 2004. Now, on interferon and ribavirin. Hepatitis C is back.
While this person may be lying about getting a transplant, he may be telling the truth about having liver cancer. I was diagnosed with a cancerous mass in my liver, which extends into the vena cava and has metastasized to 2 lymph nodes near the liver. The only symptom I have is being much more tired than I was with just the hep C, and sleeping a lot. From what I've read here, this could be from amonia level being high, though I haven't been tested for that. However, I HAVE gone through a bunch of scans and have the last one--brain CT--scheduled for the 29th. I am having the scans done at a teaching hospital, but applying to Mayo in case I will be able to have a transplant. They are requiring the past 6 months of medical records to make a medical evaluation, plus they will do a financial evaluation. Of course, there will be pretesting, both psychological and medical, prior to a possible transplant. I certainly don't foresee myself going off on an out-of-country jaunt right now--have neither the time nor energy. So once again that brings into question the validity of this person's statements (not the one who posted, but his relative.)
They are starting to do "living donor" transplants for adults. They have been doing them on children for years. They only need a part of a liver as it will grow back in the donor and grow to normal size in the recipient.