No Age Limit for Bone Marrow Transplantation

Rainer Storb, MD
Published: Thursday, Oct 10, 2013
Seattle Cancer Care AllianceDr. Rainer Storb
Rainer Storb, MD
Member, Clinical Research Division

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Seattle, WASeattle Cancer Care Alliance
Age is no longer a consideration when determining whether an older patient with blood cancer is a candidate for stem cell transplantation. That was the conclusion two years ago of the first study summarizing long-term outcomes from a series of prospective clinical trials of patients age 60 or older treated with nonmyeloablative transplants, known as mini-transplants, developed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The findings were published November 2, 2011, in the Journal of the American Medical Association.1
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