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  1. Eltrombopag now an approved therapy for certain patients with severe aplastic anemia

    ... Eltrombopag, works by helping to increase production of blood cells. According to Cynthia Dunbar, M.D., Head, Molecular ... of patients, the majority multi-lineage [ neutrophil , red cell, and platelets].  In some patients with normalized marrow function, ...

    Page last updated 08/27/2014 - 2:19pm.

  2. Awareness Week March 1 - 7, 2015

    ... ( paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria ), or PRCA (pure red cell aplasia)?    This special week will be held in conjunction ...   Participate  Participate in a bone marrow/blood drive, volunteer at a drive, or organize your own awareness and/or ...

    Page last updated 12/17/2014 - 9:37am.

  3. Interviews with the Experts Comorbidities: When Other Medical Conditions Affect MDS Treatment

    ... emphysema and then gets a pneumonia resulting from the low blood counts that often occur when treatment with azacitidine ... some cases this particular comorbid condition can even help: red cell growth factors like darbepoetin (Aranesp®) or epoetin (Procrit®) can ...

    Interview last updated 11/17/2014 - 9:31am.

  4. Interviews with the Experts Managing MDS With Supportive Care and Active Treatment

    ... to giving a specific drug or agent that treats the disease. Blood transfusions are the backbone of supportive care for patients with MDS, ... group of agents used is growth factors.  This includes red blood cell growth factors like erythropoietin (Procrit®) or ...

    Interview last updated 09/22/2014 - 12:25pm.

  5. Supportive Care

    ... is not a cure. This approach includes the use of: Blood transfusions Iron chelation therapy to treat iron ... treatment can work. Aplastic anemia patients may get red blood cell transfusions or platelet transfusions. Iron ...

    Page last updated 08/29/2013 - 4:20pm.

  6. Transplantation Basics

    ... are gathered from either bone marrow , umbilical cord blood, and peripheral blood of a suitable donor and are placed in an MDS ... replacing mature blood cells to treat anemia (from low red blood cell counts) or to increase the platelet count. “Blood ...

    Interview last updated 04/05/2013 - 2:33pm.

  7. Growth Factors

    ... factors cause your bone marrow to produce more blood cells. They may be helpful for some patients, but they do not replace immunosuppressive therapy. Red cell growth factor is called erythropoietin or EPO for ...

    Page last updated 11/13/2014 - 9:34am.

  8. Conferences, Webinars and Webcasts

    ... MDS   English   Blood and Bone Marrow Basics   English   ... PNH is a rare and serious blood disease that causes red blood cells to break apart. Doctors call this breaking apart " hemolysis ...

    Page last updated 09/30/2014 - 11:50am.

  9. What is MDS? iPad App

    ... materials provide information about why MDS results in low blood counts, such as anemia (low red blood cell count), neutropenia (low white blood cell count) and ...

    Page last updated 11/01/2013 - 1:25pm.

  10. Eltrombopag: Recent Discoveries on Potential New Applications for Aplastic Anemia

    ... in the Hematology Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of ... counts in some patients, but also improve white and red blood cell counts. This was a surprising finding, as the drug was ...

    Interview last updated 02/14/2014 - 2:01pm.