Tuesday, February 09, 2010

life expectancy for stem cell transplant survivors

Here's a very interesting report on a recent study about the survivorship and life expectancy rates of stem cell transplant survivors: Life Expectancy Favorable for 5-Year Stem-Cell Transplant Survivors.

Based upon a study of 2,574 patients, who had allogeneic or autologous cell transplants between 1970 and 2002 and survived at least 5 years without recurrence, it is believed they are likely to survive for an additional 15 years.

Life expectancy, however, isn't restored completely. They still have a 30% lower life expectancy compared with the general population.

Looking forward with optimism and hope, I suppose I'll take my chances.

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