According to a recent survey, about 90% of transplant doctors believe they need better tests to help predict which older adults can safely undergo BMT.
Many doctors say the current tests of how well a person functions in daily life are not enough. These tests don’t detect problems older people may have before transplant that would make getting a transplant less safe. Some problems may affect memory, thinking and emotional wellness. Other problems can cause weakness, falling or dangerous weight loss.
Plus, if detected, it’s possible that problems can be treated to make it safer for an older adult to have a BMT.
A doctor who specializes in cancer treatments for older people, called a geriatric oncologist, can help, too. But not all transplant centers have these special doctors.
Ask your doctor
- Would a HCT help treat my disease?
- Since I’m older, would a geriatric assessment be helpful for me?