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Organ Donation After Death

There are two types of organ donation in B.C. —deceased donation and living donation. In order to be a deceased organ donor in BC, a person needs to be in an intensive care unit (ICU) and on a ventilator (breathing machine). Donation is only considered after all life-saving methods to save a patien…
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Transplant recipients moving to/from BC

Specialized post-transplant care is essential for all transplant recipients. This resource from BC Transplant outlines some of the important steps to consider when planning a move to or from B.C.

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Communicating with the Family of your Organ Donor

Some transplant recipients write to their donor family to express their gratitude. The decision to write to your donor family is a personal choice, but your words can often help families cope with the loss of their loved one. Throughout your transplant journey, it is normal to experience a range of…

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School Education Resources

BC Transplant encourages students and teachers to introduce conversations about organ donation into their schools. This program is aimed at high-school science classes and aligns with BC curricular competencies and content. The curriculum includes:

Curriculum activities to extend the in-class sess…

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"Live Life. Pass It On" Scholarship

"Live Life. Pass It On" Scholarship. BC Transplant will award four $1500 scholarships to grade 12 students who lead an organ donation awareness project in their school or community during the 2021/22 school year.  Award value: 4 x $1,500 scholarships

Deadline: May 6, 2022
Please submit your …
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Transplant and Medication

BC Transplant resource helps transplant patients simplify life by making medication information easy and accessible. On this page, you can access information regarding general medication, including over-the-counter medication, and specific information on anti-rejection medication. 

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BC Transplant: Patient Education Webinars

Kidney Transplant & Finding a Living Donor Recorded Session

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The Living Donor Kidney Transplant Process

The English version of the document can be found by clicking 'Visit Resource' below
This document is also available in other languages:
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The Kidney Transplant Process

A step-by-step guide for kidney transplant recipients in British Columbia
(Click 'Visit Resource' for the English version)
This document is also available in other languages:
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Find a Transplant Pharmacy

Click below to find a pharmacy in British Columbia for transplant medications.

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COVID-19 Information for Patients

This page includes information for transplant patients on the following:
  • What steps can you take to protect yourself?
  • Return to work for you and your close contacts
  • Return-to-school considerations
  • Mask use
  • What to expect for your regular transplant clinic visits
  • Wha…

What is Living Kidney Donation and Can I Be a Kidney Donor?


Top 6 Questions About Living Donor Kidney Transplants


Introduction to Kidney Transplant

  • Kidney transplant eligibility
  • Living donor transplants
  • Deceased donor transplants
  • Living donor paired exchange
  • The surgery
  • Follow-up after your transplant

Living Kidney Donor Program: A Step-by-Step Process


COVID-19 for Transplant Recipients

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Living Donation

Living organ donation is an act of altruism that reduces the wait time for patients in need of a life-saving kidney or liver.  This page includes information on the live donor kidney program:
  • The kidney transplant process
  • Finding a donor: Getting the word out
  • Donor outreach letter
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Anti-Rejection Medication

Anti-rejection medications, suppress your body’s natural defence system (immune system) to prevent it from recognizing your transplant as a foreign invader and attacking it. The result of such an attack is rejection.
This page provides details on the following:
  • Contraindications
  • Tacro…
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Cancer Risks

Anti-rejection medications can increase the risk of developing certain types of cancers, including:
  • Lymphoma (Post Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disease, or PTLD)
  • Cervical cancer
  • Digestive tract cancer
  • Skin cancer
This page provides an overview and suggestions to mitiga…
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Dental Protocol

Details on prophylactic antibiotic coverage for dental procedures, including which transplant patients should receive it, what type, and dosage.
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Over-the-Counter Medications

This page includes guidelines on medications for the following:
  • Cough
  • Allergies
  • Congestion
  • Pain or headaches
  • Back pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
There is also some information on naturopathic, herbal, traditional, or homeopathic products, including:
  • Echinacea
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This page provides a brief review that includes the following:
  • What is rejection?
  • What are the signs of kidney transplant rejection?
  • What are the signs of pancreas transplant rejection?
  • What are the signs of liver transplant rejection?
  • What are the signs of heart transpl…
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Safety Precautions at Home

Safety precautions to follow at home when taking tacrolimus, cyclosporine, mycophenolate, azathioprine, or sirolimus.
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Vaccination After Transplant

This page provides includes the following:
  • General principles
  • Vaccines to avoid
  • Vaccine booster protocol in solid organ transplant recipients
  • Vaccines considered safe
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After Your Transplant

This page includes information on the following:
  • Ordering medications
  • Medication cost
  • How to take your medications
  • Missed doses
  • Storage
  • Alcohol intake
  • Pregnancy
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Transplant Recipient Support Guide

Includes information on accommodations, support, transplant and donation, and health.
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Medication Coverage

BC Transplant covers immunosuppressants and anti-viral/anti-infective medications for recipients of solid organ transplants.  They must have valid BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage and be registered with BC Transplant.
BC transplant will fund a 100-day supply of transplant medications, or…