Myelodysplastic syndromes in older adults. | Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation

Myelodysplastic syndromes in older adults.

Journal Title: 
Clin J Oncol Nurs
Author(s): 
Lindsey M, Beavers J
Primary Author: 
Lindsey M
Original Publication Date: 
Friday, October 1, 2010

Myelodsyplastic syndromes are a collection of disorders that affect the hematopoietic development of myeloid cells in the bone marrow. Although this disorder is curable by way of allogeneic stem cell transplantation, advanced age, limited donor availability, and multiple comorbidities often exclude patients from curative treatment. Developments using the drugs lenalidomide, decitabine, and azacitidine have offered treatment options to patients ineligible for transplantation. Nurses remain instrumental in the administration, patient monitoring, and patient education associated with these new therapies.

Bone Marrow Diseases: