Newswise — In the past, a patient 55 or older had little or no chance of receiving a life-saving kidney transplant. But improvements in medicine have many doctors re-evaluating older patients who need a new organ.
“Dialysis is so much better than it was 40 years ago that we are even seeing people in their 80s who are healthy enough for a transplant,” said Dr. A. Osama Gaber, director of the Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center in Houston. “Nearly half of the people on the waiting list are over 55 and 20 percent are older than 65, so times are definitely changing.” READ MORE>>