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Oncology 101

Myelodysplastic Syndromes in Older Adults

Melissa Lindsey
Jill Beavers
CJON 2010, 14(5), 545-547 DOI: 10.1188/10.CJON.545-547

Myelodsyplastic syndromes are a collection of disorders that affect the hematopoietic development of myeloid cells in the bone marrow. Although this disorder is curable by way of allogeneic stem cell transplantation, advanced age, limited donor availability, and multiple comorbidities often exclude patients from curative treatment. Developments using the drugs lenalidomide, decitabine, and azacitidine have offered treatment options to patients ineligible for transplantation. Nurses remain instrumental in the administration, patient monitoring, and patient education associated with these new therapies.

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