Tuesday, May 28, 2013

BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTERS ARE NOW COMING UP WITH A FLEXIBLE ARGUMENT.  THEY HAVE COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT THE CUT OFF POINT OF 65 YEARS OF AGE IS NOT WORKING OUT TOO GOOD FOR THEM!  MYELODYSPLASIA AND LEUKEMIAS ARE DISEASES OF AN EVER GROWING POPULATION.  AND THE ELDERLY ARE THE BULK OF THE PATIENTS.  AND 65 YEARS OF AGE IS NOT ENOUGH IN THE DEFINITION OF ELDERLY.

THE NEW WORD NOW IS "COMORBIDITY INDEX" AND INCLUDE
1. PERFORMANCE STATUS
2. ALBUMIN LEVEL
3. CREATININE LEVEL
4. AGE
5. PLATELET COUNT
6. BLAST COUNT
7. PRIMARY versus SECONDARY AML

YES MDS/AML ARE ON THE INCREASE
AND THERE MORE AND MORE ADULTS OVER 65 YEAR OF AGE UNDERGOING SOME FORM OF TRANSPLANT!
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