When is cytotoxic chemotherapy indicated for the treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)?

Updated: Jul 24, 2018
  • Author: Emmanuel C Besa, MD; Chief Editor: Koyamangalath Krishnan, MD, FRCP, FACP  more...
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Cytotoxic chemotherapy is used in patients with MDS with increasing myeloblasts and those who have progressed to acute leukemia. The usual combination treatment is a cytarabine-anthracycline combination, which yields a response rate of 30-40% (high complication rate and morbidity in elderly patients).


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