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What should supportive care look like for patients with GvHD? What role does physical activity play in these patients?

Apr 14, 2022
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Learning objective: After listening to this interview, learners will have more insights into supportive care's role in treating patients with chronic GvHD and cite some common symptomatology that needs a multidisciplinary approach.

During the 48th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT), the GvHD Hub was pleased to speak to Zinaida Perić, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, HR, and Bipin Savani, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, US. We asked, What should supportive care look like for patients with GvHD? What role does physical activity play in these patients? 

What should supportive care look like for patients with GvHD? What role does physical activity play in these patients?

Savani begins by highlighting the importance of supportive care for patients with GvHD. Perić then discusses how, if local therapy is effective enough, systemic treatment can be avoided, and how there should always be an aim to use the least immunosuppression possible. Savani goes on to talk about pain and fatigue management in these patients and how physical therapy could play a role. Finally, both Perić and Savani emphasize that supportive care should be a priority, and more data on the use of physical exercise and therapy is key to improving the quality of life for patients with GvHD.

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