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Old Sun Oct 28, 2018, 02:42 PM
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Few people with MDS get SCTs?

The Mayo Clinic website https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myelodysplastic-syndrome/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20366980 says, "However, bone marrow transplants carry a significant risk of side effects. For this reason, few people with myelodysplastic syndromes are candidates for bone marrow stem cell transplant."

Is that 2nd sentence true? Few people with MDS are candidates because of the risk of side effects?
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Old Sun Oct 28, 2018, 08:34 PM
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Last static I saw said 30,000 a year are diagnosed with MDS and 1,000 get a SCT. While SCT is risky; leading causes of no transplant include health too poor to withstand a SCT, inability to find a suitable donor, and having a lower risk MDS. The transplant team is making a risk versus reward decision. Age is not usually a factor.

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Old Mon Oct 29, 2018, 08:50 AM
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Thanks, Ray.
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