Researchers studied about 400 people aged 50 and older who were treated for MDS during 2014-2018. About half of the people had a matched donor for BMT. The other half of the group got standard-of-care treatments, like medicines and radiation therapy.
All the people took surveys about their quality of life about 5 times during the study. Quality of life measures how people feel about their own health: physical, mental and social.
People’s quality of life before BMT was the best predictor of quality of life after BMT. Quality of life in both groups (BMT and no BMT) got lower right after treatment and improved between 6 and 12 months after treatment. “These results should reassure patients and clinicians,” wrote the researchers.
Keep in mind
Also, not everyone completed all 5 surveys. So the results might not apply to everyone.
Researchers are studying ways to improve people’s quality of life through support groups, exercise, meditation and many other programs. Ask your doctor what is available near you, or check the links below.