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Question: Refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts

 tink424 - Wed Feb 22, 2006 6:12 am

Hello - I am wondering if anyone can offer me any advice, my grandfather is 82 & was diagnosed with Refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts this past november. He has otherwise led a very healthy life, & is just as sharp mentally as he was in his 20's.
He is currently taking 3 units of blood in transfusion every 3 to 4 weeks. His doctor has said he will keep treating him until my grandfather wants to stop. The thing is, I don't know what the average survival time is for this disease. I know it is terminal - & we believe he has had it for a t least 3 years... with no treatment.
We have a strong family history of cancer, but not in my grandather's ancestors. Apart from the transfusions, he is on no medication, & has never had surgery.
Does anyone know how long he may live, a silly wuestion i know....
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Fri May 12, 2006 5:01 pm

User avatar Hello,

Patients with refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts have a median survival of five years.

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