What the internist should know about stem cell transplant in the elderly patient.
Eur J Intern Med. 2018 Jun 27;:
Authors: Medinger M, Passweg J
Most hematological malignancies are increasing in frequency with age. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) is a potentially curative therapeutic option for patients with malignant and non-malignant hematological diseases. The treatment of elderly patients with advanced hematological malignancies has expanded to include reduced intensity conditioning allo-HCT. Physicians increasingly refer older patients for allo-HCT due to more experience and improved supportive care in allo-HCT. This review article discusses the available data regarding the feasibility, tolerability, toxicity, and effectiveness of allo-HCT in different hematological diseases in the elderly. Over the past decade, utilization and survival after allo-HCT have increased in patients ≥70 years. Selected adults ≥70 years with hematological diseases should be evaluated for transplantation.
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