July 20, 2010

Switch to a Sirolimus-Based Immunosuppression in Long-Term Renal Transplant Recipients: Reduced Rate of (Pre-)Malignancies and Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer in a Prospective, Randomized, Assessor-Blinded, Controlled Clinical Trial

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Early studies showed fewer new skin-cancers in patients randomized to sirolimus at the time of transplant. In this single-center trial, patients with a previous non-melanoma skin cancer were randomized to sirolimus or to continue on their current immunosuppression. There was fewer new skin cancers or premalignant lesions in the sirolimus group. This is a small study lasting only twelve months and speaks to the need for larger, longer trials.
Renal Transplantation