18 May '15, 5pm
SCCA's Dr. Joachim Deeg spoke to the @aamdsif about the latest in stem cell #transplant for #AplasticAnemia & #MDS:
The maximum age for stem cell transplantation has been raised higher, but there’s a note of caution here. As we treat older individuals, we are often dealing with other medical comorbid conditions that can interfere with the success of transplantation. Some published data suggest that age is not a factor, but this data on older patients in their late 60s or 70s is based on a selected population of patients – selected on the absence of comorbid conditions. So this can’t be presumed to be the case with the general population in that age group. I will add that even patients who are 70 may be doing well with an allogeneic transplant but if they develop problems, like GVHD and they are then treated with steroids, the post-transplant scenario may become more difficult. This is because older patients do not tolerate steroids with all its side effects as well as younger patients w...