Posted by: Philip J. McHenry | 2020/02/21


Transplant lymph nodes from me to my wife

My wife was an orphan of the courts (born in 1952) in Philadelphia. She developed cancer in her left leg lymph nodes. Options were remove the leg or have the lymph nodes removed, she chose the later, but the swelling incurred she must take many many water pills on a daily basis. I'm going to be 70 in September and in very good health, She will be 69 in November. She has suffered so much in her life, is it possible to transplant? We've recently separated after 40 years of marriage and would be more than willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish this gift to her.

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2020/02/25

Dear Mr McHenry, cancer surgery often requires the removal of lymph nodes. It, however, usually results in lymphoedema (painful swelling of the affected body part – usually an arm or leg – due to retention of lymph fluid). Recent surgical techniques has made it possible to do a lymph node transplant safely – transplanting lymph nodes from elsewhere in the body – this can provide relief. As far as I am aware no cases have been recorded of lymph node transplants from a donor. You are advised to make an appointment for your wife with the oncologist who previously treated her. (MCH).

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