Is there a role for transplantation in gynecologic oncology? Autotransplantation and other lessons

Srdjan Saso, Ali Hassan Hamed, Cyrus Doctor, Meen Yau Thum, Osama Naji, James Richard Smith, Rodrigo Vianna, Giuseppe Del Priore

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We describe an exciting and novel surgical option, which may be used to treat formerly unresectable masses. This process is commonly referred to as autotransplantation (AuTn), and it combines the advances in transplant medicine and applies them to surgical oncology. The idea behind AuTn is the removal of the cancerous organ(s) to allow complete anatomic resection of the tumor mass, with consequent anastomotic reimplantation or AuTn of the now macroscopically tumor-free organ back into the patient. Autotransplantation has been used to remove large fibromatosis and desmoid tumors as well as malignant tumors. Our belief is that using lessons learned from the field of transplantation, AuTn can be applied in gynecologic oncology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-416
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • Autotransplantation
  • Fertility
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Solid-organ transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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