Managing the Myelodysplastic Syndrome Patient Through Transplantation

The myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) have often been called the poster child for apoptosis gone awry: in some cases death (to hematopoietic progenitors) comes too infrequently, in other cases it comes too readily. The quest to better understand its basis and to translate this understanding into therapeutics is only beginning, but already several therapies have emerged and others are in development. For now, there is only one curative therapy for MDS: hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT).

Before and After Transplantation: Treatment Strategies for Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Management of myelodysplastic syndrome has been disappointing for years. The mainstay approach was only supportive care. A malaise settled all around. Today there are new Food and Drug Administration cleared therapies, and novel agents are on the horizon. True progress has been small to date, but with the number of new therapies and new classes of agents undergoing study, the future is hopeful.