Early Treatment for Myelodysplastic Syndrome: Many Patients Are Missing Out
Many patients with myelodysplastic syndrome are not receiving early treatment.
BY Christopher Cogle, M.D.
PUBLISHED January 15, 2019
About two-thirds of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) are not being given early treatment, according to Christopher Cogle, M.D., a professor of Medicine at the University of Florida Health.
Cogle was involved with a study that examined which patients were more likely to be treated with Vidaza (azacitidine), Dacogen (decitabine) or Revlimid (lenalidomide). While he initially thought that age and frailness would be the factors that were associated with not being treated, he actually found that it was patients with higher-risk disease, private insurance and genetic testing who were more likely to be prescribed one of the three agents.