I'm 28 years old and will start my first dialysis session tomorrow and going to transplant evaluation next week. After a lot of reading in NKF and some papers, I realize dialysis is much safer and have less serious side effects compared to transplant though I know it's inconvenient.
I'd like to know how guys think about the trade off, everyone seems to be excited about getting a transplant but I started to doubt, so hoping to get more convincing thoughts.
i.e. from lots of paper and population based research, the skin cancer incident rate increases with years after transplant and it's around 10% after 10 years. That number itself is scaring and I started ask myself, what if rates of all serious side effects increases a bit, say another issue 5% and another 2%. Then when I am getting 40 years old, the chance for me to not have those three problems is just 1-0.9*0.95*0.9 = 85%.
My point is, there are many serious possible side effects, though each issue might be rare and risk just increases a little compared to non-transplant people, you will end up with great increase of chance getting at least one issue. However, I started to feel I can accept dialysis for 50 years instead of taking yearly increasing risk after transplant.
I might just be over worried, there are a lot of people having no issue for decades, hope to know how you people understand the tradeoff.