Fast Five Quiz: Myelodysplastic Syndrome Management

Emmanuel C. Besa, MD


May 12, 2021

Patients with MDS and increasing numbers of myeloblasts or disease progression to acute myelogenous leukemia should be treated with cytotoxic chemotherapy.

Hypomethylating agents, such as azacitidine, would be preferred in older patients who may not be able to tolerate chemotherapy. Lenalidomide has demonstrated good responses in patients with MDS and the 5q deletion. The use of antithymocyte globulin as immunosuppressive therapy remains experimental and has shown only limited effect in patients with MDS.

Learn more about the treatment of patients with MDS.


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