The following is where to find further information relating to articles that appeared in our latest issue of Kidney Matters: Issue 14.
Pages 8-11: A life-line: whole-organ pancreas transplantation for difficult to control diabetes
We talk to Professor Peter Friend, Consultant Transplant Surgeon and Director of Transplantation, Oxford Transplant Centre, about who might benefit from whole-organ pancreas transplantation, and what the future holds for people with difficult to control type 1 diabetes.
Pages 12-13: Joshua meets his donor police officer
When a ‘police-mad’ little boy, recovering from a recent kidney transplant, receives an invitation to a personal tour of a police station by a Chief Inspector, it’s going to be a day to remember. What made that visit in July even more special for Joshua Dolan from Enniskillen was that the Chief Inspector, Graham Dodds, was also his living kidney donor.
Pages 14-15: The UK Living Kidney Sharing Scheme – transforming the lives of kidney patients
In a normal year, about 1,000 people in the UK choose to donate as a living donor to someone in need of a transplant. This is remarkable. 97% donate a kidney and the remainder a lobe of liver. Before the pandemic, approximately one third of all kidney transplants were from living donors – mostly ‘direct’ transplants from a family member or friend donating to a loved one. But an increasing proportion of living donor transplants is due to the generosity of strangers: non-directed altruistic or unspecified donors, and ‘indirect’ donation within the UK Living Kidney Sharing Scheme (UKLKSS).
Pages 24-27: Kidney Clinic Skin deep: skin cancer after a transplant
Skin cancer is the most common type of any cancer in the UK. The risk is especially high after a kidney or other solid-organ transplant. How is skin cancer diagnosed and treated? And what can patients do to reduce their risk?
Page 28: Update on Black, Asian and minority ethnic engagement
As part of our commitment to challenging health inequalities within the Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, Kidney Care UK has carried out several insight sessions as well as a Covid-19 webinar focussing on the critical questions asked by people from marginalised communities to ensure the support we offer to patients is equitable.