2013-2014 Age and aging in blood disorders

The Theme of the Year was introduced in 2012 to focus the attention on a certain topic in various publications and in sessions in the Annual Congress. Articles on the topic appear in Hematopics as well as editorials in Haematologica. Selected Scientific Working Groups are asked to write on the topic from their specific field of interest.

From June 2013 to June 2014, the theme of the year was “Age and Aging in blood disorders”. In the current era, people live longer and are developing disorders that are related to age. We are all aware of the impact on society and healthcare costs and the (ethical) discussion it raises: patients too old or too young to be treated. Due to the current developments in treatments, we have been able to turn fatal diseases into chronic diseases (CML), but there is still a big challenge ahead for other age-related disorders like multiple myeloma.

In a biological sense, cells are aging and therefore form a very interesting topic in hematology. To fully understand and enable us to intervene in the process in the patient’s interest, a lot of extra research is needed.

Publications on Age and Aging in Blood Disorders