In August 2004, I was 42 and going through the annual checkup routine. I felt fine and had no reason to suspect anything was starting to go wrong. I was called back twice to have more labs done.
In the past few months, 2 main streams of research have dominated the panorama of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) investigations: deepening the insight into the pathogenic role, hierarchy, and prognostic effect of somatic mutations and, as a consequence, into the effect of inherited congenital predisposing conditions and the second, quite interlinked with the first, analyzing inflammation and innate immunity in patients with MDS.
The purpose of this systematic literature review was to identify clinical trials of MDS and AML that included patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments, and to summarize the symptom and other health related quality of life (HRQOL) concepts most frequently assessed and the PRO instruments that were used. Sixteen manuscripts describing 14 distinct trials met all criteria (i.e., phase 2 or 3
Most higher-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (HR-MDS) patients will become transfusion-dependent, leading to potential complications, including infections or end-organ dysfunction. Data correlating achievement of transfusion-free intervals (TFIs) during first-line therapy (1LT) with survival are sparse. We evaluated HR-MDS patients receiving 1LT diagnosed from 1/1/2008 to 7/31/2015 and the impact of a TFI (≥60-day interval without transfusions) on progression-free and overall survival (PFS, OS) using Cox proportional-hazard models.