Cancer may drive health problems as people age

A new study indicates that cancer may have negative impacts on both the physical and mental health of individuals as they age. Published in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study suggests that cancer increases the risk for certain health issues above and beyond normal ageing. This is likely due, in part, … Continue reading Cancer may drive health problems as people age

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Older people not receiving adequate access to cancer care

Older people all around the globe are being denied proper access to cancer care, according to an editorial by Queen's University Belfast academic, Professor Mark Lawler of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology. In an editorial in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) Professor Lawler said: "there is increasing evidence from around the world that elderly … Continue reading Older people not receiving adequate access to cancer care

Guidelines for stem cell transplants in older patients with myelodysplastic syndromes

A new study by an international team led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists provides the first statistically-based guidelines for determining whether a stem cell transplant is appropriate for older patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) – the most common blood disorders in people over 60 years of age, and frequently a precursor for leukemia. Using mathematical … Continue reading Guidelines for stem cell transplants in older patients with myelodysplastic syndromes