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Myelodysplastic Syndromes - MDS

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 8/2013
Latest Research

ON THIS PAGE: You will read about the scientific research being done now to learn more about MDS and how to treat it. To see other pages in this guide, use the colored boxes on the right side of your screen, or click “Next” at the bottom.

Doctors are working to learn more about MDS, ways to prevent it, how to best treat it, and how to provide the best care to people diagnosed with this disease. The following areas of research may include new options for patients through clinical trials. Always talk with your doctor about the diagnostic and treatment options best for you.

New drugs and drug combinations. Researchers are looking at treatments with the following:

  • Arsenic trioxide (Trisenox)
  • ATG (anti-thymocyte globulin)
  • Azacitidine in combination with other drugs
  • Decitabine in combination with other drugs
  • Lenalidomide in patients who do not have abnormalities of chromosome 5
  • Drugs called histone deacetylase inhibitors

Some of these medications, such as azacitidine, decitabine, and lenalidomide, have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of MDS and are now being evaluated in different doses and schedules and in combination with other drugs.

Supportive care. Clinical trials are underway to find better ways of reducing symptoms and side effects of current MDS treatments in order to improve patients’ comfort and quality of life.

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