How is lower-risk MDS treated?

MDS experts, Dr Alan List and Dr David Sallman, explain that the goals of therapy for patients with lower-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are to improve blood counts and alleviate symptoms. The treatment options for lower-risk MDS discussed are: recombinant erythropoietin, lenalidomide, immunosuppressive therapy, and hypomethylating agents. They also discuss watchful waiting if a patient with lower-risk MDS has no symptoms or doesn’t have very low blood cell counts.

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Animation - Management and Treatment of MDS
1. Animation - Management and Treatment of MDS
Slide Show - Management and Treatment of MDS
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How long will MDS treatment be given?
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What is immunosuppressive therapy and when is it used for MDS?
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