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Blood Cancer J. 2012 Mar;2(3):e59. doi: 10.1038/bcj.2012.3. Epub 2012 Mar 2.

How to manage the transplant question in myelofibrosis.

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  • Division of Hematology/Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital , Boston, MA, USA.


Allogeneic stem cell transplantation remains the only curative therapy for myelofibrosis. Despite advances in transplant, the morbidity and the mortality of the procedure necessitate careful patient selection. In this manuscript, we describe the new prognostic scoring system to help select appropriate patients for transplant and less aggressive therapies. We explore the advances in non-transplant therapy, such as with investigational agents. We review the blossoming literature on results of myeloablative, reduced intensity and alternative donor transplantation. Finally, we make recommendations for which patients are most likely to benefit from transplantation.

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