Skin Clinic for Transplant Patients
Specialty care for patients at high risk for skin cancer
The OHSU Skin Clinic for Transplant Recipients provides comprehensive and coordinated care for patients at high risk for skin cancer. This includes solid organ transplant recipients, patients on long-term immunosuppression, and other patients with an increased risk of skin cancer, such as those with a genetic predisposition to skin cancer. Care within the clinic is provided by a medical and surgical dermatologist with a focus on patient education, skin cancer prevention, and timely recognition and treatment of skin cancers. Our transplant clinic team collaborates with other providers providing care (primary care, transplant, and general dermatology) to achieve the highest quality individualized care.
Caring for those at greatest risk of skin cancer: emphasizing prevention and optimizing treatment
This specialty clinic has two primary goals:
- To minimize the risk of skin cancer in high-risk patients through education and preventative care.
- To provide excellent and coordinated treatment when skin cancers develop.
WHY SEEING A DERMATOLOGIST IS IMPORTANT IF YOU ARE A TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT
Organ transplant recipients have a much higher risk of skin cancer than the general public due to the need for long term immunosuppressive medications. Due to immunosuppression, skin cancers can behave more aggressively than in non-transplant patients and unfortunately occasionally can be fatal. Seeing a dermatologist after receiving a transplant is important for early detection and timely management of skin cancer.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR APPOINTMENT
In addition to a thorough skin exam, patients will receive detailed education regarding their individual risk of skin cancer. Patients will also receive education on measures to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer, how to perform a self-skin exam, and how to identify a lesion concerning for skin cancer. An individualized follow-up plan will be provided based on your skin cancer risk.
WHEN SHOULD YOU BE SEEN
Ideally, patients should be seen prior to, or soon after, their transplant. This allows the clinic to determine the patient’s risk of skin cancer post-transplant and develop a plan for skin cancer prevention.
RESEARCH ADVANCES PATIENT CARE
As a natural addition to care received at OHSU, clinical research plays an important role for patients and doctors. Organ transplants are increasingly more common and thanks to advances in care through research, patients are surviving longer than ever before. With longer survival there is a potentially increasing risk of skin cancer in this high risk group. Participating in research can advance skin cancer prevention and treatment for solid organ transplant patients and others at high risk for skin cancer. Although this option is available, participation in a research study is not a requirement to receive care through the clinic and by its doctors.