According to the American Cancer Society, many bone marrow transplant units set an upper age limit that excludes some patients from being able to have a bone marrow or stem cell transplant due to their age. In some cases, this age limit is as young as 50 for allogeneic bone marrow transplantation and 60-65 for autologous bone marrow transplants.
People come to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Bone Marrow Transplant Mexico for different reasons; for some it is the outstanding levels of care and aftercare that make our transplant center more appealing. Others come to us because it is cheaper to have a stem cell transplant in Mexico than it is in the US and many come because, in the States they are deemed too old to have a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
New research shows that the higher age limit used by Bone Marrow Transplant Mexico is indeed a safe age limit that still allows patients under 65 to benefit from transplantation to treat bone marrow conditions and bone cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma, myelofibrosis and other cancers.
The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, shows that it is not age, but other comorbidities that contribute to the outcome of stem cell transplantation. Researchers looked at 1100 patients aged 60 or over who received stem cell transplantation or bone marrow transplantation between 1997 and 2009. The patients had acute or chronic leukemia, multiple myeloma, a myelodysplastic syndrome or lymphoma and each was treated with a reduced intensity bone marrow transplant.
The results showed that it was not the age of the patient that affected the success of the transplant, but comorbidities and the aggressiveness of the cancer. This means that those with fewer comorbidities and less aggressive cancers had a 5 year survival rate of 60%, whilst those patients who had a more aggressive cancer to begin with and more comorbidities had a long term survival rate of 30%.
These results are high when considering that the patients would have died within a few months without a bone marrow transplant.
About The Reduced Intensity Transplant
A reduced intensity transplant, or Nonmyeloablative bone marrow transplant, involves lower doses of chemotherapy and radiation in the bone marrow transplant procedure. This transplant method was designed specifically for older or sicker patients who would not be likely to survive the intense chemotherapy required for a conventional, ablative bone marrow transplant.
At Bone Marrow Transplant Mexico we have carefully designed our patient criterion so that we give every patient with a chance of survival the opportunity to fight their disease and significantly increase their life expectancy. If you would like to talk to us about bone marrow transplantation for you or a loved one, contact us now for a free, no obligation consultation.