Listen, as Dr. Bremner recalls the medications prescribed to a person after their lung transplant.
This is something that’s very important to understand and everybody is on different medications, but the only way we can get these foreign organs to be accepted by the recipient is to suppress the immune system of the recipient. And we do that by various medications, and those medications are extremely important. If patients stop taking their medications, the organs will reject and the patients will get into trouble.
So there are actually various medications that are required and, in fact, it’s a fair few medications are required that would be taken a number of times a day for the rest of the patient’s life.
Dr. Bremner, M.D., Ph.D.:
Ross M. Bremner, M.D., Ph.D., is surgical director of the Center for Thoracic Disease and chief of thoracic surgery at the Heart & Lung Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Bremner completed his medical school training in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand where he graduated magna cum laude and received the Harwood Nash Memorial medal for surgery. He then completed his general surgery training at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, during which time he also completed his Ph.D. Dr. Bremner then went on to complete his cardiothoracic training at USC after which he joined the faculty as assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery and director of the Hastings Thoracic Oncology Laboratory.